Exclusive: Whelan suggests Leeds feel they've 'dropped a clanger' over summer sale
Noel Whelan has suggested Leeds United may feel they’ve dropped a clanger by selling Mallik Wilks for a cut-price fee this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider editor Wayne Veysey, the ex-United forward believes the club could come to regret offloading their academy product to Barnsley during the recent window.
Wilks, 20, was sold to the newly-promoted Championship club for a fee of around £1million after making such a single appearance for Leeds.
He was one of three former United players, along with Alex Mowatt and Aapo Halme, named in the Barnsley team for yesterday’s 2-0 win at Oakwell.
“Wilks is the one Leeds may come to regret letting go,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Halme? No. Mowatt? No. We have better midfielders.
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“Wilks definitely has something. He impressed me. He has strength, pace, a good left foot and looks like a real handful for defenders. His decision-making needs to improve, but that will come with experience.
“Barnsley got him for a snip. £1million is nothing for a Championship club these days. He could have a serious career. He looks like he can score goals at Championship level.
“Have Leeds dropped a clanger? They will feel they have.”
Wilks scored 14 goals in League One while on loan at Doncaster Rovers last season, which was enough to convince Daniel Stendel to secure his services.
The versatile attacker has scored once in eight matches for Barnsley, starting six of their seven league fixtures to date.
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