Leeds United take on Hull City in the Championship this weekend and will be coming up against a familiar face when they do.
The West Yorkshire side allowed Mallik Wilks to leave in the summer, despite impressing on loan at Doncaster Rovers last season.
The winger scored 16 goals and provided 12 assists at the Keepmoat Stadium and plenty of Leeds fans wanted to see him get a chance at Elland Road.
However, with Jack Harrison and Helder Costa arriving on loan there was simply no space for Wilks and he was sold to Barnsley, from under Hull’s nose, for a reported (Hull Daily Mail) £1.2 million. Wilks was also disappointed by the decision, stating on Twitter that he felt he ‘deserved a chance’ at Leeds.
— Mallik Wilks (@MallikWilks) July 5, 2019
Wilks later fell out of favour at Oakwell and his former Doncaster Rovers boss Grant McCann finally lured the attacker to the KCOM on loan in January.
Wilks has been in fine form since, scoring three goals in his last four games. McCann has now spoken to the Hull Daily Mail about Wilks’ mindset ahead of meeting his former team.
“He’s looking forward to it.
“I’ve spoken to Mallik and it’s a game he’s looking forward to. I think he’s had a really positive start to his Hull City career.
“He’s a threat because he’s quick and he’s strong, he’s direct. He’s scoring goals and he’s in good form.”
There is no doubt that Leeds United fans will fear Wilks’ power, strength, and speed at the weekend. Plenty of fans would have been happy to see the 21-year-old get a chance at Elland Road after his impressive loan form at Doncaster.
However, Wilks struggled to have an impact when he faced Leeds back in September as a Barnsley player. Leeds fans will once again hope this old face fails to come back and haunt them.