When you are a youngster at a big club, talent often takes a while to shine through. There’s so much glimmering ahead of a young player that often they need to shine elsewhere.

That’s the story, in part, of Leeds United’s young striker Mallik Wilks. Ahead of him in the pecking order at Elland Road are the likes of Patrick Bamford and Kemar Roofe, with Wilks having to also arm-wrestle against the likes of fellow youngsters Sam Dalby and Ryan Edmondson.

As such, with the pathway to the first-team was laden with obstacles and Wilks has found himself out on loan at League One Doncaster Rovers – a loan deal that will stretch to an initial six-month deal.

It is the youngster’s chance to shine as he looks to remind Leeds United just what they are missing. It is a chance that the youngster is grasping with both hands. Concerted pressure from Rovers allowed them to take command of the second-half, a half where they registered three goals (below).

The first of these was scored by Wilks, a peach of a right-footed shot from around 20 yards out. His goal, and general performance across the whole match didn’t go unnoticed by Doncaster Rovers fans, fans who where quick to congratulate him and reward him with the Man-of-the-Match award.

His display yesterday also didn’t go unnoticed amongst both Doncaster Rovers and Leeds United fans as the powerful youngster netted for his second game in succession for his South Yorkshire loan side. Here’s what the fans of both clubs have been saying over on Twitter:

Doncaster Rovers fans

Leeds United fans

If Mallik Wilks keeps up this good run of form, and keeps getting himself in and amongst the goals and assists, then it will make for a very interesting return to Elland Road. Whilst not a feature of Marcelo Bielsa’s thoughts at the moment, continued performance in League One for Doncaster Rovers might just force a rethink those thoughts somewhat.

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