Report: Mallik Wilks likely to leave Leeds with Barnsley interested

Leeds fans show their support prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Would Leeds United be making a mistake letting academy graduate Mallik Wilks join Yorkshire and Championship rivals Barnsley?

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...

Academy graduate Mallik Wilks is ‘likely’ to leave Leeds United this summer with a move to local rivals Barnsley on the cards, according to the Yorkshire Post.

The Leeds-born 20-year-old was one of those who was expected to be catapulted into first-team contention once Marcelo Bielsa, a coach famed for his work with young players, took over at Elland Road in the summer of 2018.

So the fact that Wilks could leave his boyhood club without ever making a Championship appearance would certainly come as a surprise, and the eyes of some supporters, a massive disappointment.

 

Wilks scored an impressive 16 goals on loan at Doncaster Rovers last season, firing the Yorkshire outfit into the League One play-off places.

And reports are claiming that the talented striker is expected to bid farewell to Leeds on a permanent basis this summer with Barnsley offering him the chance to play regular first-team football at Oakwell.

Mallik Wilks of Doncaster 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, 2019 in Preston,...

Interestingly, Barnsley’s head coach Daniel Stendel described Wilks as a ‘very good player’ last week so rumours linking him with a move to the League One runners-up come as no real surprise.

Though surely Leeds are running a colossal risk letting one of their most talented academy graduates in years join the club just a few miles down the road. This could very easily end in humiliation and red faces all round.

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,...

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