It may have raised some eyebrows last summer when Leeds United decided to sell Mallik Wilks permanently after a brilliant loan spell in League One.
Few expected Wilks to immediately become a first-team regular under Marcelo Bielsa. But it is surely fair to say that just as few would have expected the Whites to let him go permanently either.
He scored 16 goals in all competitions for Doncaster Rovers. So it appeared to be a good piece of business for Barnsley to sign him. And it was arguably a risk from Leeds.
But in truth, Wilks struggled to make Leeds rue their decision at Oakwell. He scored one goal in 15 Championship games for the Tykes.
That seemingly left the door open for former Donny boss Grant McCann to bring him to Hull on loan in January. And another quiet start, Wilks has now started to show some of his best form.
The forward has now scored three goals in his last four appearances.
He was unavailable for their latest game against his parent club. But he could be back for Saturday’s clash with the Whites at the KCOM Stadium.
And McCann will be hoping that he can make an impact. Hull, of course, lost their two top goalscorers in January. Wilks is already just three goals short of becoming their leading scorer in the league.
Few could suggest that Leeds made a big mistake letting Wilks go in the summer. Jack Harrison and Helder Costa have established themselves as two of the first names on the team sheet, so it is unlikely that Wilks would have enjoyed much game-time had he stayed.
Nevertheless, Leeds will be well aware that Wilks has the ability to put a dent in their promotion bid this weekend.