Mallik Wilks is set to travel to Leeds United on Wednesday when his loan spell at Accrington Stanley comes to an end, according to a reliable journalist.
Daily Mail journalist Amitai Winehouse claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that Wilks, 19, may be seen as someone who can challenge for a first-team spot among the other striker options at Elland Road.
However it is understood that Leeds may loan the young forward back out if a good opportunity arises.
Had it confirmed that Mallik Wilks will return to #LUFC tomorrow. There's a hope he'll be able to challenge existing striking options. Might explore a further loan spell if right opportunity comes up.
— Amitai Winehouse (@awinehouse1) January 2, 2018
Wilks is in-demand at the Yorkshire giants as Football Insider has previously revealed that Everton, Newcastle and Middlesbrough are all keeping close tabs on the striker following a solid run of form on loan at Accrington.
He has made 23 appearances across all competitions for the League Two side this season, scoring five goals in the process.
Wilks will not be eligible to play in the FA Cup clash against Newport County this week as he is cup-tied.
The forward’s only senior appearance for Leeds came in the FA Cup when he featured off the bench in the shock defeat to Sutton United last year.
Football Insider verdict
Wilks is a very highly-rated young player and is just the latest of a string of stars in the making to be developed by Leeds. The fans value their academy very highly but the development of players like Wilks, Ronaldo Vieira, Kalvin Phillips and Charlie Taylor may stop happening soon due to the way it’s run by Victor Orta. The Leeds Under-23 side is now littered with overseas talent. It’s good to have a few young stars from across the planet, but that may seriously hinder the progression of young English players. Wilks could be one of the last promising English players developed by Leeds in a long time.
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