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McCann: Wilks can be anything he wants to be

21 November 2020

Grant McCann believes forward Mallik Wilks has the attributes to be anything he wants to be.

The 21-year-old is the Tigers’ leading scorer with seven goals in 13 appearances in all competitions.

The Leeds-born dangerman has netted 12 times in 32 Hull City matches in total since first arriving at the KCOM Stadium on loan from Barnsley in January.

Wilks enjoyed great success working under McCann previously at Doncaster, plundering 22 goals as Rovers reached the League One play-offs in 2018/19.

The boss feels Wilks has made great strides over the last two-and-a-half seasons and is confident he will only continue to improve.

“He’s a young lad who is maturing all the time,” said McCann.

“When we took him to Doncaster, he was a wee bit aloof, a wee bit all over the place, on edge with things all the time.

“He’s the sort of person you need to put an arm round when you have to, and give him a kick up the backside when there needs to be.

“It’s how you manage Mallik. He understands me, how understands Cliff, having worked with us before.

“I think he’s getting better and better.

“From where he was last season to where he is now, in terms of his weight, his body fat, he’s reduced everything. He’s looking leaner, stronger.

“Everybody knows he’s very quick and it’s nice to see him getting on the end of things at the minute and scoring goals.

“He’s really happy – that’s the probably the biggest thing you could say. He’s really, really happy and he’s enjoying his football.”

Asked what Wilks’ potential is, McCann responded: “Anything he wants. Anything he wants to do, he can do I feel.

“He can go where he wants to go because he’s quick, he’s strong, he’s powerful. He can score goals, he’s good in the air. The world’s his oyster really.

“He needs to keep knuckling down, keep listening to the right people and keep trying to progress his career.”

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