Leeds United Under-23 coach Jason Blunt has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that Mallik Wilks would not be afraid if he was given the chance to play for the first team.
Wilks is one of the most promising young players in Leeds’ Development Squad at the moment. The 17-year-old plays as a forward and has been in good form recently.
The teenager featured for the Whites’ Under-23 side against their Crewe Alexandra counterparts on Friday evening.
Wilks started the match and played for 89 minutes, as the West Yorkshire outfit played out a 1-1 draw with Crewe.
The youngster scored for the Whites, finding the net after 70 minutes at Elland Road when he poked the ball home from close range following Jamie Shackleton’s low cross.
Leeds Under-23 coach Blunt has spoken highly of Wilks, and believes that the teenager would not be scared if he was given the chance to play for the first team.
“Mallik is extremely raw but he continues to show he can change games but also he is learning and we have seen improvements in every game,” Blunt told The Yorkshire Evening Post.
“He’s got potential but he probably needs a little bit more of his development. He definitely wouldn’t be afraid if he maybe gets an opportunity but there’s still a lot of hard work to do and there’s one or two others in there.’
“And I think what is pleasing about Mallik, Frank, McKay, is they are different,” added Blunt. “They can change games in a different way and I think sometimes the Elland Road crowd like a bit of something different, especially Mallik who is an inner city boy. I think that’s what they want.”
Leeds have been disappointing form so far this season and are struggling for points at the moment.
Garry Monk’s side, who are aiming to finish in the top six of the Championship this campaign, are just a place above the relegation zone.