This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has decided that striker Mallik Wilks does not have a future at Elland Road, despite 15 goals and nine assists in 51 appearances on-loan at Doncaster Rovers last season, according to respected journalist Phil Hay on Twitter.
The news that the 20-year-old is available, will come as good news to both Barnsley and Hull City who are believed to be interested in the player, according to Hay.
So where would be best for Wilks, Barnsley or Hull?
“Personally I’d be edging towards Hull.
“The Tigers are a more established side at this level than Barnsley, who have yo-yoed between this level and League One somewhat in recent years, and you imagine Wilks will want to give himself the best possible chance of playing Championship football.
“It is also a move that could give him the opportunity to demonstrate his worth fully, with the potential departures of the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki possibly giving Wilks the opportunity to step forward and really prove his worth by keeping Hull as an established Championship side.
“You feel the biggest reason that Wilks may edge towards Hull however, would be the opportunity to link back up with new Tigers boss Grant McCann, who he impressed under during his time on at Doncaster last season, meaning he may well be confident that he will be playing for someone who knows how to get the best out of him.”
“Baring in mind Wilks’ success last year at Doncaster in League One, he is ready to give the Championship a crack.
“I think his assist and goal return in the League One is enough to justify starting for either teams, so I think he should go for the side who has the best chance of doing well.
“He might have a more influential role at Barnsley due to the standard of the squads, but Hull have a better chance of being a success.
“Although they favour opposite wings, if Bowen leaves Hull they will be looking for a goalscoring winger to help fill the void of his missing 22 goals – so the KCOM might suit him.”
“It has to be Hull City and a reunion with Grant McCann, there shouldn’t be any doubt in the player’s mind.
“Given that the Tigers are expected to lose their exciting wide options in the coming month, game time shouldn’t be hard to come by and McCann will likely utilise Wilks on the left, just like he did last season with Doncaster.
“Wilks was well into the 20s in terms of goals and assists last season for Rovers, and McCann clearly brought the best out of him.
“Whilst a move away from Leeds is disappointing, heading to the KCOM to link up with Hull and McCann will excite Wilks.”Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!