Leeds United are still waiting for their first permanent signing of the summer, Chelsea starlet Lewis Baker being the only one incoming and on a loan deal.

New manager Marcelo Bielsa has already stated that the squad at Elland Road was too bloated and needed trimming down some. Players have already been split into mini-squads, each with their own outlook as goes playing for Leeds next season.

Players have also left the club, trimming down the ullage so-to-speak as Bielsa looks to pare back his surfeit of players. Permanent moves out have seen the likes of Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan depart whilst others such as Tyler Denton and Pawel Cibicki have ventured out on loan deals.

The Whites can now also add another name to the list of departures:

The 19-year-old Leeds lad has featured just once for the Whites first team, a 26-minute appearance back in late January 2017 as United tumbled out of the FA Cup to non-league Sutton United.

He spent the bulk of last season out on loan to League Two sides Accrington Stanley (24 games/five goals) and Grimsby Town (six games). Despite a barren spell at the Mariners, there can be little doubt that Wilks has promise and potential in abundance.

It is this promise and potential that has driven Doncaster to take Wilks on loan until January 2, an initial six-month deal.

Meanwhile, Leeds United have problems of their own when it comes to striker options. Kemar Roofe, despite his 11 goals for the Whites, didn’t really convince many that he can lead the line for Leeds.

Add to this is the not-so-little matter of deals for Abel Hernandez and Matej Vydra falling through over supposed wage hike demands and it isn’t too difficult to see that strikers are becoming something of a rare commodity in and around LS11.

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