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Mallik Wilks returns from injury with brace, Leeds United future looking bright?

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Mallik Wilks returns from injury with brace, Leeds United future looking bright?

The 19-year-old will be looking to score his first senior goal for Grimsby soon.

In December 2016, Leeds United boss Garry Monk signalled his intent to give a young striker at Leeds a chance in the first-team.

Mallik Wilks had been impressing with the under-23s and was handed a place on the bench for the first-team.

The teenager did not come on against Reading but a fortnight later received his first professional contract at the club.

Eventually, Wilks did make his first-team debut, as a substitute in the FA Cup loss versus Sutton United.

This was a remarkable feat from the youngster, after the murder of his brother outside a barbershop in Leeds just three days previous.

In the summer, after signing a new four-year contract with Leeds the striker headed out on a six-month loan to Accrington Stanley.

After five goals in 23 appearances for the League Two high-flyers, he joined Grimsby Town until the end of the season in January.

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Wilks’ loan spell at Blundell Park has not yet been successful. With no goals in four games, he headed back to Leeds to undergo treatment on a hamstring strain.

Nonetheless, Wilks is back now, and among the goals.

The 19-year-old made his Grimsby comeback for the reserves on Tuesday, scoring a brace in a 4-0 win over Doncaster Rovers.

 

It was a brilliant return to action for the player, who will now hope to feature in this weekend’s League Two clash against Coventry City.

Mariners fans will hope Wilks can bring that goalscoring form to the first-team.

Grimsby are currently without a win since beating Forest Green 1-0 on the 9th December – a run stretching back 17 games.

Such poor form has left the club one place outside the relegation zone in League Two, just six points ahead of Chesterfield.

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For Leeds, it would be great to see Wilks shine in Grimsby’s relegation run-in.

The teenager has had plenty to deal with in recent times and Leeds fans are 100 per cent rooting for him to become a first-team regular.

Playing in the tough conditions currently underway at Grimsby should be a brilliant learning curve for the youngster and one he can hopefully relish.

Monk was a big fan of Wilks and in the summer the striker might get a chance to show Paul Heckingbottom what he is capable of.

Helping Grimsby get back to winning ways after 17 games would certainly be a good place to start.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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