Yet another young Leeds United player left the club recently for a spell on loan in a lower league.
This time it came in the form of striker Mallik Wilks moving to Doncaster Rovers in League One until January.
Wilks spent the entirety of last season out on loan in League Two, first with Accrington Stanley and then with Grimsby Town.
It was not the most successful spell for the striker as he only managed to score three goals across both spells.
Wilks becomes the fifth player to leave Elland Road for the season this summer, following Tyler Denton’s move to Peterborough, Jay-Roy Grot’s move to VVV VEnlo, Paudie O’Connor’s move to Blackpool and Pavel Cibicki’s move to Molde.
The question now is, is this the correct move from Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United?
This seems like the last real chance for Wilks to show that he is ready to compete for first-team football.
With other young strikers like Sam Dalby and Ryan Edmonson moving above him in the pecking order, Wilks needs to grab a number of goals while out on loan.
There is a vacancy up front in the first-team and he will be eyeing a return in January, where he can press for the senior side.
It’s a good move all-round.
He wouldn’t get in at Elland Road so is now playing regularly at a good level and he will be desperate to show the Whites that he can do a job for them on his return.
Yes, it’s a good move all round.
It’s make or break for Wilks next season – he needs to really impress if he is to have a future at Elland Road.
Doncaster is the perfect stage for the striker to put himself in Leeds’ thoughts.
Leeds are shipping out many of their youngsters to get more experience and Wilks should get that with a decent Doncaster Rovers team.
Now, though, the Whites need to think about improving their squad.
Yes, I think so. He’s an exciting young player but I can’t see a pathway to the Leeds first team for him right now.
A few goals and some confidence in League One would change all that.
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