Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber believes that Mallik Wilks must improve on his all round game after the young forward joined Hull City on loan.

Wilks failed to break into the team at Oakwell once Struber succeeded Daniel Stendel in November, leading Wilks to an exit to the KCOM Stadium last week.

The forward had a breakout season on loan at Doncaster Rovers under Grant McCann, who he has recently reunited himself with. During the 2018-19 campaign, Wilks' 16 goals and 12 assists in all competitions earning him Doncaster’s Player of the Year award.

At the start of the season, Wilks left Leeds United, opting for a move to Barnsley as opposed to joining the Tigers.

But after falling down the pecking order with the Tykes, the 21-year-old has earned himself a fresh start on loan in East Yorkshire, a move that Struber believes will suit Wilks.

“I think it's a very good situation for him,” Struber told the Yorkshire Post.

“The Hull coach is a very big fan of his and this is always very helpful for a player when there's a big trust between coach and player.

“Mallik is a player with a big talent but he must learn the game has four parts – on the ball, off the ball and the transition offensively and defensively. He must learn that always when we lose the ball we have to work together and we have to always stay in a structure when the opponent is on the ball because we have a task to do.

Struber also opened up on why Wilks was not included in a matchday squad under his tenure.

He felt that Wilks needs to improve his football education if he is to earn himself a chance in Struber’s plans next season.

Mallik Wilks of Hull City collects the ball at Pride Park, Derby
Mallik Wilks of Hull City collects the ball at Pride Park, Derby

“At this moment I think other players have a bigger education than Mallik when it comes to the work they have to do out of possession.

“I hope he can learn these situations off the ball, grow up and improve his skills in this part of the game. Maybe, we will see in the summer, what is coming.”

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