Leeds United have sent eleven players out on loan this year, and most of them have already made an impact with their temporary team. Here is the first of our weekly updates on how the loaned-out players are doing.
Paweł Cibicki - FW, Molde FK
We start in Norway where Paweł Cibicki had a good weekend, scoring the second goal in Molde’s 5-1 domination of Brann. It was the 24-year-old’s second appearance for after being sent out on loan July 3rd. It was a big upset for Molde and Paweł, as Brann is currently top of the Eliteserien. Look for him to start his 3rd match in a row this Saturday when Molde takes on Stabaek.
Jay-Roy Grot - FW, VVV-Venlo
Last week’s match against Willem II was the first of the season for VVV, who took home a 1-0 win. Grot did not manage to break into the starting XI, but came on as a substitute for the last 16 minutes. He had a grand total of 1 completed pass and 3 “unsuccessful touches”. Those with the streaming service ESPN+ will be able to view VVV’s next game against Ajax on Saturday.
Paudie O’Connor - CB, Blackpool FC
O’Connor, already well-known to Leeds fans, has started both of Blackpool’s games, going the full 90 minutes in each. Most recently, they lost to Portsmouth 2-1, and O’Connor picked up a yellow card in the 74th minute. Blackpool and O’Connor will play Shrewsbury next Saturday.
Mallik Wilks - FW, Doncaster Rovers
Mallik Wilks may very well be a breakout candidate this year, having already scored two goals in Doncaster’s two league games. Just 19, Wilks has been very dangerous for the Rovers, most recently scoring the game winning goal against Wycombe. He will try to continue his hot start as Doncaster matches up with recently-relegated Burton Albion next weekend.
While it is important not to get excited too quickly, the 19-year-old has already scored two impressive goals, and he will certainly be watched by Leeds as the season progresses.
Update - The day after this article was originally written, Wilks scored yet another game winning goal as Doncaster beat Scunthorpe United 2-1 in the Carabao Cup. He now has 3 goals in 3 matches.
Tyler Denton, LB, Peterborough United
Denton is another on of Leeds’ best-known prospects, but so far he has been unable to break into a talented Peterborough team. In their two wins to begin the season, Denton has been an unused substitute. Peterborough and Denton play Luton Town on the 18th.
Lewie Coyle - RB, Fleetwood Town
Coyle went a full 90 minutes in Fleetwood’s most recent game, a 2-0 defeat of Oxford United. It is his second year on loan with the League 1 club, and after playing in 42 matches last season, he is expected to be a regular starter again for Fleetwood, who will play a struggling Rochdale team on Saturday.
Hadi Sacko - RM, UD Las Palmas
Las Palmas will kick off their return to the Segunda Division on Sunday against Reus Deportiu. Hadi Sacko has featured in recent pre-season matches, so he will likely start in their upcoming match.
Liam Kitching - DF, Harrogate Town AFC
The defender has played in every minute of Harrogate’s 3 matches so far this year. However, playing in the National League will probably not increase his chances to break into Leeds’ first team.
Note - Alex Machuca (FW, Burgos CF), Adrián Balboa (FW, CF Badalona), and Ousama Siddiki (FW, UD Logroñés) all have been loaned to the Spanish 3rd division, and their season begins on Sunday, August 26.