Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber had commented on the future of out-on-loan winger Mallik Wilks, who is hitting a decent vein of form at Hull City under Grant McCann.
Having impressed last season at Doncaster Rovers, Mallik Wilks earned a move away from Leeds United in the summer to newly-promoted Barnsley with many expecting him to hit the ground running.
However, a very slow start saw him fall out of favour with both Daniel Stendel and then Gerhard Struber towards the festive period. This built up the January transfer window where he was told he could look for another club on-loan for the rest of the season, to which he found himself at the KCOM Stadium with Hull City.
The move made a lot of sense considering he was linking up with Grant McCann, the manager in charge at Doncaster when Wilks was on-loan there.
In his time at the KCOM, he has played seven league games and notched a decent three goals, with his last coming in the loss to Preston North End last weekend. Wilks was ineligible to face the Tykes in midweek as the away side came away from Hull with a vital 1-0 win to boost their survival hopes.
Speaking ahead of Barnsley’s trip to Reading on Saturday, Struber commented on Wilks’ current situation and whether he has a future at Oakwell. He stated to the Barnsley Chronicle: “We will see. Right now he plays for Hull, he is happy and he has scored. We will see what is the best situation. I see many games of him.
“He has made a good improvement and this was the right decision for him to go to the other club.
“He gets game time and here in Barnsley, it is not so easy for him to play. With Browny (Jacob Brown) and Conor Chaplin, we have very good strikers and it is not so easy for him to change his mindset to my game style.
Right now, we have a win-win situation. He plays and he can improve his style and this is good for everyone.”
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It doesn’t seem that Wilks will be sticking around at Oakwell while Struber has anything to say about it.
It was a very sensible signing from Barnsley at the time, given his form in League One last season, but it hasn’t been a suitable move looking back.
His move to McCann’s Hull has already proved far more fruitful for him and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him seal a permanent move there in the summer.
Struber has a very clear style of play and Wilks doesn’t really fit the bill there, especially given the red-hot form of Chaplin, Brown and Cauley Woodrow.