Leeds United decision justified by Mallik Wilks’ recent comments

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Mallik Wilks joined Accrington Stanley on loan from Leeds United until January.

Mallik Wilks of Accrington Stanley celebrates during the Sky Bet League Two match between Notts County and Accrington Stanley at Meadow Lane on August 25, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Mallik Wilks is one of the most talented and promising young forwards on the books of Leeds United at the moment.

Currently on loan at Accrington Stanley in League Two until January, the 18-year-old forward’s comments earlier this month underline just how he is maturing and developing at the Wham Stadium.

Mallik Wilks of Accrington Stanley celebrates during the Sky Bet League Two match between Notts County and Accrington Stanley at Meadow Lane on August 25, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

“You realise how important every point is, how important winning is,” Wilks told Stanley’s official website earlier this month. “When you play in the Under 23s it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it’s how you play.

“When you play in League Two, every point in vital. When you come on in the last 10 minutes and you are 1-0 down, you know you have to do everything to score.”

Mallik Wilks of Accrington Stanley celebrates after scoring during the Sky Bet League Two match between Notts County and Accrington Stanley at Meadow Lane on August 25, 2017 in Nottingham,...

Wilks’s comments justify Leeds’s decision to send the youngster on loan to Accrington.

True, the quality of football in League Two is not as good as that in the Championship, but it is still professional football with points at stake.

Playing for the Leeds youth teams would not have helped the youngster mature and progress, but fighting for points against professional footballers week in and week out in a respectable division is going to prepare him for what’s to come at Leeds.

Although it will not be wise to expect the youngster to break into the Leeds first team as soon as he returns from his loan, head coach Thomas Christiansen will know that he can rely upon him if needed.

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