Leeds United forward Mallik Wilks can go on to be whatever he wants in the game, according to the latest man given the responsibility of guiding his career.
The Whites attacker was sent out on loan to Accrington Stanley and Grimsby Town in League Two last season, and is spending the current campaign with Doncaster Rovers in the division above that, and earning plenty of praise from Donny boss Grant McCann.
Leeds youngster Wilks is enjoying a good spell at the Keepmoat Stadium and came into recognition on Saturday afternoon, when his goal earned the Yorkshire outfit a draw at high-flying Portsmouth.
It remains to be seen just what sort of future he has with the Whites when this loan stint is over, but McCann thinks the world is his oyster, and is full of praise for the forward.
“He’s a confidence player Mallik,” Leeds Live quote the Doncaster boss as saying.
“It’s the week building into it that you can tell whether he’s going to be at it or not.
“You can always tell. “I’m starting to get to know him much better.”
Wilks is flourishing into an excellent forward and has all the attributes needed to go far in the game, he just needs the opportunity to climb the food chain, whether that is at Elland Road or elsewhere.
“He’s 20 years of age. He’s young, a young boy who needs nurturing during the week, taking in for private meetings, showing him his clips, individual steps,” McCann continued.
“There’s a lot that goes into managing Mallik – but it’s worth it.
“When you see performances like the one on Saturday it’s worth it.
“He can be whatever he wants to be. He’s strong, direct, he can finish, left-footed.
“We just need to get it out of him more often than not.”
Wilks has made one appearance in a Leeds shirt so far in his career. That came in an FA Cup clash at Sutton United two seasons ago. He will hope there are more Whites outings for him when he returns from the Keepmoat.