Grant McCann says he could have subbed on-loan Leeds striker Mallik Wilks after 10 minutes

Grant McCann manager of Doncaster Rovers gestures during the Sky Bet League One match between Doncaster Rovers and Luton Town at Keepmoat Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Doncaster, United...

The Leeds United youngster is currently on loan at Doncaster Rovers.

Grant McCann manager of Doncaster Rovers gestures during the Sky Bet League One match between Doncaster Rovers and Luton Town at Keepmoat Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Doncaster, United...

The Doncaster Rovers manager, Grant McCann, has revealed he could have subbed the on-loan Leeds United striker, Mallik Wilks, 10 minutes into the 2-2 draw with Burton Albion last month.

Wilks was eventually withdrawn at the break, but returned to score his 10th goal of his Doncaster loan spell, against Portsmouth on Saturday.

Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press afterwards, McCann said of Wilks, whose temporary stint was extended by Leeds in the early New Year: "The last game he played [against Burton], I told him in meeting between me and him that I could have taken him off after ten minutes.

 

"I didn’t want to hurt his confidence.

"We know the reason why.

"But when he comes back and plays like that [against Portsmouth] he's so hard to play against."

Mallik Wilks of Doncaster celebrates as he scores their third goal of the game during the FA Cup Third Round match between Preston North End and Doncaster Rovers at Deepdale on January 06,...

And McCann, who claimed that a lot of work goes into managing the Leeds academy product, added: "He likes the big games, the big occasions. Whenever there is a big occasion he scores."

As well as his 10 goals, Wilks has now created seven in 35 games for Doncaster.

His early-season form for Rovers prompted Leeds to renew his contract at Elland Road before sanctioning his stay at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Leeds United's English midfielder Mallik Wilks chases the ball during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Sutton United and Leeds United at the Borough Sports Ground in...

The 20-year-old is now tied to his hometown club until June of 2022.

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