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Leeds United youngster’s loan spell set to be extended until the end of the season despite falling out of favour

Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann has told the Sheffield Star that Leeds United youngster Mallik Wilks will extend his loan deal at the League One side, despite falling out down the pecking order.

After not scoring as many goals as he may have wished and picking up an injury, Leeds United youngster Mallik Wilks has fallen out of favour at loan side Doncaster Rovers in recent weeks. However, Rovers manager Grant McCann has revealed that the youngster’s loan is set to be extended until the end of the season.

Wilks got off to a strong start to life in League One with Doncaster Rovers, scoring three and assisting three from the wing in his first 10 games as Grant McCann’s side lost just once in the first 10 matches.

However, since then Wilks has scored just once, and has dropped out of the starting eleven with striker Alfie May hitting a strong vein of form.

The striker’s loan spell runs out at the start of the January transfer window. Despite this, it is believed that an agreement is in place for the loan deal to be extended until the end of the season.

“We love Mallik here,” McCann told the Sheffield Star.

“He has brought so much to us here. He may not have scored as many goals as he would have wanted but he’s a threat and he takes a lot of burden off John Marquis with his physicality.

“And for the way we play – we always like to play with one with pace, John and a clever one so we’ve got the balance right.

“He’s been great. He’s been unfortunate that he picked up a deadleg against AFC Wimbledon and Alfie May has come in and done well. We have no doubt he will play a huge part for us until the end of the season.”

“It’s been agreed for Mallik,” McCann added.

“We just need to make sure we rubber-stamp it. Hopefully that’ll be done. I think he has been offered a new deal there. His situation is a wee bit different than Herbie’s (Kane, Liverpool midfielder). Leeds are happy for us to go ahead.  

“That is the conversation I’ve had with Gavin (Baldwin, Chief Executive of Doncaster Rovers) – that Leeds are happy for us to go ahead with it.”


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