Grimsby fans praise Leeds-owned Mallik Wilks' display in 4-0 defeat

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.

Leeds United striker Mallik Wilks was a rare shining light for Grimsby Town in their embarrassing defeat.

Leeds United's English midfielder Mallik Wilks (L) vies with Sutton United's English midfielder Craig Eastmond during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Sutton United...

With Jay-Roy Grot scoring for the first-team before the international break, Sam Dalby finding the back of the net regularly for the under-23s and even Ryan Edmondson catching the eye for the under-18s, Mallik Wilks may perhaps feel under pressure ahead of his return to Leeds in the summer.

Wilks has been earmarked as one of the club's brightest youngsters for a while now, making his first-team debut in January last year - in incredibly difficult and tragic circumstances also. And a loan spell at Accrington Stanley hinted that he was still one to keep an eye on as he became their super-sub on a number of occasions earlier this season.

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.

He joined Grimsby Town in January. But unfortunately for the 19-year-old, his spell with the Mariners is yet to ignite, with Grimsby just one place above the relegation zone in League Two.

Wilks is still awaiting his first goal for the club. And while it did not come on Saturday and Michael Jolley's side were thrashed 4-0 away at Coventry City, the teenager did receive plenty of praise from the club's supporters on social media. 

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.

The forward looked bright during the 57 minutes that he was on the pitch, and a couple of the fans expressed their hope that he may extend his stay with the club beyond the end of the season. 

There was also a lot of criticism of the decision to substitute Wilks shortly before the hour mark. He was arguably the visitors' best player while he was on the pitch, and the decision to take him off - he had been out for over a month with injury before Saturday - was slated by the fans. 

Here is what a couple of the supporters said about his display...

And here is what was said when the striker was replaced...

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