Barnsley: Barnsley's Mallik Wilks tipped to shine by his new Hull City boss
Hull boss Grant McCann has tipped Mallik Wilks to be a key player for his new club.
Wilks joined the Tigers on loan from Barnsley after being frozen out under new Oakwell boss Gerhard Struber.
The 21-year-old could have joined them in the summer from Leeds but instead opted to sign a four-year deal at Oakwell.
He made only 16 appearances and none under Struber, with Hull finally getting him to the club.
Wilks made his debut as a second-half substitute in Hull's weekend loss to Derby.
McCann, who managed Wilks at Doncaster last season, said: “Mallik knows he’s coming here to work hard and prove a point in the Championship.
“We like that. The squad is made up of that with the players we’ve brought in. He’ll be no different.
“Everyone seems to think there’s something wrong with him. There’s a lot of misconception about Mallik.
“You need to be firm with him, not put an arm around him.
“Mallik is going to be a top player. I think he just needs the right guidance and the right support around him. We gave him that last year and he excelled. We’ll try and do the same with him and hopefully he excels for us.”
The Reds are back in action tonight (Tuesday) as they host Preston in the Championship.