Looks like at least one loanee is on his way back to the club from Lancashire, but not the one that some Leeds United fans would have wanted a few weeks back.
Had it confirmed that Mallik Wilks will return to #LUFC tomorrow. There's a hope he'll be able to challenge existing striking options. Might explore a further loan spell if right opportunity comes up.— Amitai Winehouse (@awinehouse1) January 2, 2018
Mallik Wilks is on his way back to Leeds United after a successful loan spell at League Two Accrington Stanley. The 19 year-old striker is apparently going to get a look at the first team with a few options injured or unfit.
Caleb Ekuban is out with another foot injury, and while Kemar Roofe has scored a number of goals this season, it remains to be seen if he’s able to be a full-time central striker at the Championship level. Pierre-Michel Lasogga has been out injured and looked at less than peak fitness over the holiday period, coming on a substitute on a couple different occasions.
Wilks scored five goals in 23 appearances for Accrington Stanley, with two of his goals coming in four EFL Trophy appearances. He wasn’t a guaranteed starter at the League Two club, but he seemed to make the most of his opportunities when called upon.
If Wilks is able to challenge for regular first team football, it would be great for Leeds, but he might need to go out on loan again in the January window. It would be useful to see how he does in League One, as the jump in competition should help determine just how Wilks will be able to handle playing at the Championship level in the near future.
Everton had been rumoured to be interested in Wilks, according to the Daily Mail, but with the Merseyside club seems a lot more concerned with bringing in a first team striker than bolster their youth ranks at the moment. Either way, Wilks coming back to Leeds isn’t a bad thing, and here’s hoping that he either gets to the pitch at Elland Road or somewhere else.