Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa


Noel Whelan has expressed his concern that Leeds United may follow up the sale of Jack Clarke by offload another forward in Mallik Wilks.

Football Insider broke the news yesterday morning that Yorkshire rivals Barnsley are plotting a double raid on Elland Road for United pair Wilks and Aapo Halme.

The League One club’s manager Daniel Stendel has subsequently corroborated his club’s interest and hailed the versatile Leeds striker as a “very good player” who troubled his side while playing on loan for Doncaster Rovers last season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan questioned why Leeds would want to let Wilks go without having a good look at him in pre-season.

“Bielsa should have a look at Mallik Wilks in pre-season to see if he has got something to offer the first team,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He scored regularly at Doncaster last season and goalscorers are worth their weight in gold.

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“Our only two senior strikers are Patrick Bamford and Kemar Roofe. They need competition. Wilks has done well on loan and deserves a fair crack of the whip.

“I’m concerned that they would let him go so early in the window. It doesn’t make sense. If you get someone better later in the summer, loan him or sell him then.”

Wilks, 20, is a product of the Leeds academy but has has spent the last two campaign out on loan, making a big impact last season at League One side Doncaster Rovers with 16 goals and 12 assists after previous spells with Accrington Stanley and Grimsby Town.

Meanwhile, United are set to announce the exit of Clarke at the start of next week after he was granted permission to head to Tottenham yesterday for a medical and to discuss personal terms.

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