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Mallik Wilks ultimatum leaves Leeds United needing to make big decision

Mallik Wilks is a young player who has been on the cusp of a Leeds United breakthrough in the past. The teenage forward was handed a debut by Garry Monk back in 2017. It was a remarkable achievement from the youngster, considering his brother had been shot dead just three days earlier outside a Leeds barber shop.

That summer, he signed a new deal at Leeds United and went out on loan to Accrington Stanley. He then spent time at Grimsby before joining Doncaster Rovers in the summer. At the Keepmoat Stadium, he has been a big success. The 20-year-old has largely been used as a winger and has scored eight goals this season.

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But his future appears up in the air. Doncaster boss Grant McCann gave Leeds an ultimatum this week. Wilks’ loan deal is ending on Wednesday and, as he told the Doncaster Free Press, he wants an agreement sorted before that spell comes to an end.


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“Until he signs a new contract with Leeds, he won’t be signing his extension here. We’re hoping that is going to be done on Monday – or the latest, Wednesday.

“He’s not going anywhere else. As soon as he signs that extension he’ll be here. We don’t want any breaks in Mallik’s loan.

“I’ve been very clear with Mallik, his agent and Leeds that if there is a break then I’ll move on. I’ve got no time for people wasting my time or anyone else’s time.”

– Grant McCann on Wilks’ future

 


According to Leeds Live, that is not going to happen. They say no agreement is in place between Wilks and Leeds, suggesting he will return to Thorp Arch after Doncaster’s New Year’s Day fixture against Rochdale.

It will be a shame if Leeds cannot sort something out. Wilks is having a great spell at Doncaster and the best thring for his development would be to remain at the Keepmpat until the end of the season.

However, if Leeds simply do not see him staying at Elland Road long-term, then a new contract is simply not going to happen.

If that is the case, then Leeds should start laying the foundations to facilitate a permanent switch in January.

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