Mallik Wilks

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Mallik Wilks
Personal information
Full name Mallik Rashaun Coley Wilks[1]
Date of birth (1998-12-15) 15 December 1998 (age 20)
Place of birth Leeds, England
Playing position Winger / Striker
Club information
Current team
Doncaster Rovers
(on loan from Leeds United)
Number 7
Youth career
0000–2016 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016– Leeds United 0 (0)
2017–2018Accrington Stanley (loan) 18 (3)
2018Grimsby Town (loan) 6 (0)
2018–2019Doncaster Rovers (loan) 44 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:04, 24 April 2019 (UTC)

Mallik Rashaun Coley Wilks (born 15 December 1998) is an English footballer who plays as a forward for EFL League One side Doncaster Rovers on loan from Leeds United. He can play as a winger or as a striker.

Career[edit]

Leeds United[edit]

Born in Leeds, England, Wilks grew up in Chapeltown and started his career at Leeds United, where he graduated through the academy.[2] After an impressive display at Leeds United's U18 side, he signed scholarship in 2015.[3]

Under head Coach Garry Monk, with Wilks in impressive form for Leeds' Under 23 and youth sides, Wilks was called up to the first team squad, and was named as an unused substitute on 13 December 2016 against Reading.[4] Wilks was given squad number 36 for the season. On 30 December 2016, days after his 18th birthday, Wilks signed his first professional contract at the club.[2][5] Wilks was named on the bench and made his debut as a substitute for Leeds against Sutton United on 29 January 2017 in the FA Cup.[6]

On 24 August 2017, Wilks signed a new four-year contract with Leeds United.[7] Whilst out on loan to Doncaster Rovers, on 1 January 2019, Wilks signed a new 2 year contract extension at Leeds, and extended his loan at Doncaster.[8]

Accrington Stanley loan[edit]

The same day he joined League 2 side Accrington Stanley on loan, initially until 3 January 2018.[9]

Wilks made his Accrington Stanley debut on 25 August, against Notts County and scored a 95th minute equaliser on his debut in a 2–2 draw.[10] He scored again a month later on 16 September 2017, in a 2–1 win over Chesterfield, followed up by scoring against Middlesbrough U21s.[11] Wilks later scored two more goals against Newport County and Lincoln City.[12] After scoring 5 goals in all competitions for Accrington in 23 games, in which he spent time on the substitute bench,[13] Wilks returned to Leeds on 3 January upon the expiry of his loan spell.[14] Despite leaving the club in January, he received a winners medal at the end of the 2017/18 season after Accrington went on to win the League 2 title.[15][16]

Grimsby Town loan[edit]

On 26 January 2018, Wilks joined League Two side Grimsby Town until the end of the season.[17] On 27 January 2018, Wilks made his debut for Grimsby in a 1-0 defeat against Luton Town.[18] He went on to play in four games for the club before limping out of a 3-0 defeat against Crawley Town on 10 February. On 6 March 2018 he returned to Leeds United due to injury for treatment.[19] He returned to Grimbsy after treatment, and returned from injury on 24 March when he started in a 4-0 defeat against Coventry City.[20]

Doncaster Rovers loan[edit]

On 11 July 2018, Wilks joined EFL League One side Doncaster Rovers on a 6 month loan until 2 January 2019.[16] He started and scored on his debut for the club on 4 August, scoring in the 2-3 win against Southend United.[21] Wilks scored in each of his first 3 games at the club and was also awarded 3 consecutive man of the match awards in these games.[22] He scored his 4th goal of the season on 15 September in the 1-4 win against Walsall,[23] also receiving his 4th man of the match award of the season.[24]

The accolades continued when on 17 September, Wilks was named in the EFL Team Of The Week,[25] and also as the Sky Bet League One 'player of the weekend'.[26] He scored his 6th and 7th goals of the season when he scored a brace in a 0-4 win against Bristol Rovers on 8 December.[27]

On 1 January 2019, Wilks signed a new 2 year contract extension at Leeds, before extending his loan deal at Doncaster for the remainder of the 2018/19 season.[28]

On 6 January 2019, Wilks scored his 9th goal of the season in Doncaster's 3-1 shock win against EFL Championship side Preston North End.[29] Wilks bagged his 12th of the season, and 10th goal in the league in an impressive performance for Doncaster on the 23rd of February in the local derby game against Scunthorpe.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Just three days before making his Leeds United debut, Wilks' brother Raheem had been killed outside a barber's shop in Leeds.[31] Despite the tragedy, Wilks played in the FA Cup match against Sutton United.[32] Three people were convicted of Raheem's murder in November 2017.[33]

Style of Play[edit]

Wilks is a versatile forward whose main position was to play as a lone striker. During his time on loan at Doncaster Rovers, he has been converted into an attacking winger and plays on either wing. He is known for his pace and his physicality.[34] His manager Grant McCann also described Wilks' style as flamboyant for his showboating skills.[35]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Individual

  • EFL Team Of The Week: Matchday 8 (2018)[25]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 4 May 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leeds United 2016–17[36] Championship 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2017–18[37] League Two 18 3 1 0 0 0 4 2 23 5
Grimsby Town (loan) 2017–18[38] League Two 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Doncaster Rovers (loan) 2018–19[39] League One 46 14 4 1 1 1 2 0 53 16
Career total 70 17 6 1 1 1 6 2 83 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club list of registered players: As at 19th May 2018: Leeds United" (PDF). English Football League. p. 22. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Leeds United hot prospect Mallik Wilks signs professional terms". The Yorkshire Evening Post. 30 December 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Leeds United: Coyle sees red in U-21s defeat". The Yorkshire Evening Post. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Leeds United 2 – 0 Reading". The Yorkshire Evening Post. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  5. ^ "MALLIK WILKS SIGNS PROFESSIONAL TERMS". Leeds United F.C. 30 December 2016. Archived from the original on 9 January 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  6. ^ "MATCHDAY: Sutton United Vs Leeds LIVE". BBC Sport. 29 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Wilks Pens New Deal". Leeds United F.C. Archived from the original on 9 January 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Leeds United's Mallik Wilks signs new deal and extends loan at Doncaster". BBC Sport. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Promising Leeds United youngster heads to Accrington Stanley after penning contract extension". The Yorkshire Evening Post. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Notts County 2 Accrington Stanley 2". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Chesterfield 1 – 2 Accrington Stanley". BBC Sport. 16 September 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
    "MATCH ANALYSIS: Stanley 3 Middlesbrough Under-21s 2". Lancashire Telegraph. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Accrington Stanley 1 – 1 Newport County". BBC Sport. 18 November 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
    "Sean McConville wonder goal not enough for Stanley in Lincoln loss". Lancashire Telegraph. 5 December 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  13. ^ "'I'm not just a super-sub' – Wilks keen to win regular Stanley starting spot". The Lancashire Telegraph. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Loan Players Return". Accrington Stanley F.C. 3 January 2018. Archived from the original on 9 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  15. ^ "LEEDS YOUNGSTER WINS LEAGUE TWO CHAMPIONS MEDAL". Vital Leeds. 29 April 2018. Archived from the original on 9 January 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  16. ^ a b c "MALLIK WILKS JOINS DONCASTER ROVERS". Leeds United. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  17. ^ Findlater, James (26 January 2018). "Grimsby Town confirm loan signing of Leeds United striker Mallik Wilks". Grimsby Telegraph. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  18. ^ "Mallik Wilks". 6 February 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  19. ^ "Leeds United striker Wilks returns from Grimsby loan". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Grimsby Fans Praise Leeds owned Malik Wilks' display in 4-0 defeat". Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  21. ^ "Southend 2 Doncaster 3". BBC Sport. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  22. ^ "Wilks is your MOTM vs Scunthorpe United". Doncaster Rovers. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Walsall 1 Doncaster 4". BBC Sport. 15 September 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  24. ^ "With 63% of the voting you have chosen @MallikWilks as your Man Of The Match". Doncaster Rovers Twitter. 16 September 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  25. ^ a b "Team of the Week: Matchday 8". EFL.Com. 17 September 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  26. ^ "After bagging himself both a goal AND an assist in @drfc_official's 4-1 victory over Walsall and taking his tally up to three goals in three games, @mallikwilks is your @SkyBetLeagueOne Player Of The Weekend". Quest TV Twitter. 17 September 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  27. ^ "Bristol Rovers 0 Doncaster Rovers 4". BBC Sport. 8 December 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  28. ^ "Leeds United's Mallik Wilks signs new deal and extends loan at Doncaster". BBC Sport. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  29. ^ "Preston 1 Doncaster Rovers 3". BBC Sport. 6 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  30. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47262162
  31. ^ "Teenage brother of Leeds United's 18-year-old striker Mallik Wilks shot dead outside barber's shop in 'targeted attack". Daily Mail. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  32. ^ "Grieving Mallik Wilks still wants to play for Leeds United at Sutton, says Garry Monk". The Yorkshire Evening Post. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  33. ^ "Three men found guilty of killing Raheem Wilks in Leeds barber's shop murder". The Yorkshire Evening Post. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  34. ^ "Doncaster Rovers boss Grant McCann gives update on loanee Mallik Wilks' Leeds United future". Leeds Live. 5 December 2018.
  35. ^ "Doncaster Rovers: Grant McCann will not take 'flamboyancy' out of Mallik Wilks". Doncaster Free Press. 9 August 2018.
  36. ^ "Games played by Mallik Wilks in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  37. ^ "Games played by Mallik Wilks in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  38. ^ "Games played by Mallik Wilks in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  39. ^ "Games played by Mallik Wilks in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 March 2018.

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