Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa

By Wayne Veysey

Leeds United striker Mallik Wilks will be given the chance to force his way into the senior squad during pre-season, Football Insider understands.

Manager Marcelo Bielsa wants to run the rule over the the 20-year-old forward after his impressive campaign on loan at Doncaster Rovers in 2018-19.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Bielsa will give Wilks the pre-season training sessions and matches to prove himself and show why he should remain with the club for next season.

Wilks has spent the last two seasons out on loan, with his 2017-18 campaign split between Accrington Stanley and Grimsby Town, before he spent the entirety of the last campaign at League One outfit Doncaster Rovers.

Used in all three positions across the front line but mainly as a left-winger, Wilks made a big impact, scoring 16 goals and supplying 12 assists from 55 matches in all competitions.

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The Elland Road academy product has made only one senior Leeds appearance, which came when Garry Monk was manager, since graduating from the club’s youth ranks.

Leeds are in need of greater firepower this summer to provide competition for first-choice strike pair Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford.

The club are in the market for wide forwards, with Helder Costa and last season’s loanee Jack Harrison the most likely summer recruits at this stage, on season-long loans.

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