Hull City manager Grant McCann is trying to link up with a player he had on-loan last season whilst at Doncaster Rovers, as the Tigers attempt to sign Leeds United winger Mallik Wilks, according to a report in the YEP.
Wilks, 20, has been at Elland Road since 2016, but has struggled to force his way into the first-team, having spent spells out on loan at Accrington Stanley, Grimsby Town and most recently Rovers last season where he scored 14 goals in 44 appearances.
So would Wilks be a good signing for the Tigers?
“This would be a very good signing, and he could make Leeds regret the decision to allow him to leave, even if it’s only on loan.
“Wilks is very direct and he isn’t afraid to take players on and try his luck on goal. Leeds need that bravery next season and an eye for goal so it is surprising that he isn’t being considered for the first-team.
“For Hull, he should be very effective. He will have the confidence of the manager having worked well under him at Doncaster and that should equate to good performances.
“He scored 14 league goals last season, so he is very productive too. If he can get close to that level in the Championship, and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t, then he will be a brilliant signing for Hull.”
“He’s got a point to prove in the Championship.
“Wilks is yet to feature for Leeds in the league, and I think Marcelo Bielsa is making a mistake in loaning him out, as I think he has something to offer for the Whites heading into the new season.
“Leeds are already short on attacking options, with Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford being the only senior options in the squad.
“He’s had first-team experience out on loan at Doncaster last season, which would surely mean that he is likely to be ahead of Ryan Edmondson in the pecking order in Bielsa’s squad.
“But Hull could be the ideal destination for him, especially if they’re able to offer him regular game time in the Championship.
“This one could come back to haunt Leeds, and I seriously think they’re making a mistake in moving him on.”
“This could be a great signing for Hull City.
“Wilks was outstanding for Doncaster last season and played a key role as Grant McCann’s side reached the play-off semi-finals.
“He’s an exciting young player and scored 16 goals in all competitions last season. I think he’s more than capable of making an impact in the Championship.
“McCann will know exactly what to expect from Wilks and would probably be able to guarantee him regular first-team football.
“If he’s not going to get a chance in the first team at Leeds next season, then it makes sense for Wilks to leave Elland Road this summer and a Hull would be a good move for him.
“McCann knows what he is about and should be able to get the best out of him.”