MOT View: £400k teen cannot be far away from being fast-tracked into Leeds first-team
Leeds United paid £400,000 to sign Scottish youngster Stuart McKinstry from Motherwell in the summer but he is yet to break into Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team squad.
However based on how well the 17-year-old attacker has performed in the Under-18s and Under-23s side, it cannot be long before he gets rewarded with the step up to the senior squad like so many youngsters before him have under Bielsa.
Leeds’ manager likes to operate with a small squad and due to his demanding training schedule and consistent team selections, players do pick up injuries more often than they do at other clubs and that leaves the Argentine plucking out Under-23s players to help in the Championship.
McKinstry cannot be fair away from being plucked out by Bielsa – based on what we have seen from him so far.
He was only 16-years-old when he was handed his first Under-23s appearance alongside Barry Douglas and Eddie Nketiah in the 6-0 thrashing of Watford and go back to January and he scored what was no doubt a goal of the season contender for Carlos Corberan’s side.
McKinstry picked up the ball just past the halfway line, nutmegged a Wolves defender before wrongfooting another to get a shot off at goal. If his initial shot went in then it would have been a worldie but unfortunately, the ‘keeper saves his first effort before the teenager slotted home the rebound.
36' WHAT A GOAL! Miazek pulls off a great double save, McKinstry superbly drives up the pitch and into the Wolves box. His first strike is saved, but he knocks home the rebound! 0-2 pic.twitter.com/1OvAy2aXfT
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 24, 2020
That goal was a show of how good a prospect Leeds picked up in the summer when McKinstry headed south of the border, swapping North Lanarkshire for West Yorkshire.
The Wishaw-born teenager, who was also eyed up by Premier League side Southampton before he joined the Whites, has been watched by MOT Leeds News on several occasions this season when he has played for the Under-18s Under-23s.
McKinstry was the stand-out performer at Old Trafford in the Under-18s defeat to Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup in February while also impressing in the win over Sheffield Wednesday in the previous round. He has also shone in the Premier League Cup against Wolves when he scored twice.
McKintry’s future, from what we have seen so far, is a bright one and it shouldn’t be long before he’s knocking on Bielsa’s door and telling him he’s ready for first-team football.
That’s if Bielsa doesn’t call on him first.
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