A forward with exceptional pace, trickery and power, Mallik Wilks became the latest addition to Grant McCann’s squad when arriving, initially on loan until the end of the season, from Barnsley.
Having progressed through the youth system at Leeds United, Wilks made his senior debut for the Elland Road outfit against Sutton United, coming on as a 64th-minute substitute in the Third Round tie having been identified as one for the future by the West Yorkshire side.
He furthered his footballing education with loan spells at Accrington Stanley and Grimsby Town in 2017/18. He began the campaign at Accrington, scoring five goals in seven starts and 24 appearances in total for the Wham Stadium outfit, picking up a League Two winners’ medal in the process.
Wilks spent the second half of the season with the Mariners but was limited to just six appearances during his time at Blundell Park due to injury.
His breakthrough season came in 2018/19 whilst on-loan with Doncaster Rovers, where he flourished working with current Tigers Head Coach Grant McCann.
The Leeds-born winger made 53 appearances during his season-long loan at the Keepmoat Stadium, scoring 16 goals and providing 12 assists in a team that narrowly missed out on promotion from League One, with Wilks’ impressive contribution on the pitch seeing him named as Rovers’ Social Media Player of the Year, after accumulating the most man-of-the-match performances during the campaign.
His sparkling performances in League One saw him become hot property at the end of that campaign and it was Barnsley who beat off stiff competition from several other clubs to add him to their ranks on a four-year deal ahead of their return to the second tier.
However, his time at Oakwell proved to be frustrating having made just eight starts and 15 appearances in all competitions, scoring once.
A lack of opportunities since the appointment of Gerhard Struber in November last year has seen Wilks opt to accept the offer of a loan switch to the KCOM Stadium, where he will no doubt look to return to his scintillating best under the guidance of McCann.