Loads of Leeds United supporters have been hailing Stuart McKinstry, after the Scotland youth international made his first start at Elland Road following his summer arrival from Motherwell.
Motherwell confirmed McKinstry’s transfer to Leeds toward the end of August, with the 16-year-old moving to West Yorkshire after the Whites agreed a compensation package, allegedly worth a potential £400,000 (Scottish Sun).
The U17 international had enjoyed a stellar rise through the youth ranks at Motherwell prior to his departure, with the Wishaw-born natural right midfielder named on the bench when Kilmarnock travelled to Fir Park in December.
McKinstry’s first start at his new home saw the youngster named in a squad boasting a wealth of experience, with Gaetano Berardi and Barry Douglas lining up at the back while Luke Ayling and Tyler Roberts were handed minutes from the bench following the break.
Sunday’s game-changer Eddie Nketiah followed his late goal at Barnsley with minutes in Carlos Corberan’s side, too, and struck a brace in the opening 45 minutes, where Pascal Struijk had opened the scoring.
Roberts, Robbie Gotts and Luke Ayling rounded off the scoring in the second half to record a 6-0 rout over Watford in the Professional Development League, with McKinstry’s efforts particularly impressive for many of the Elland Road faithful.
Leeds Live described the Scotland youth international’s performance as promising and eye-catching, as the teenager was keen to drive on with the ball, while his quick footwork won two penalties and he remained a threat throughout the game with his presence on the wing.
His efforts were strong enough to warrant an eight out of ten match rating, and the admiration of many fans.
Here are a few of the messages shared…
Top performance and more impressive was the fantastic work rate
— steve archer (@sarcher59425351) September 16, 2019
Just the beginning. The future is bright.
— Channi Patel (@ChanniPatel) September 16, 2019
Well done Stuart I think we have a real talent on last nights performance outstanding
— John Hartley (@girven15) September 17, 2019
Well played lad. Looking forward to seeing a lot more of you.
— Leeds United Supporters Club (@LUSCExec) September 17, 2019
One of the best players on the pitch! bravo young man #lufc
— Matt Steane (@msteaneLUFC) September 16, 2019
Stuart I’ve just watched the game and thought what a player you are and what a fantastic member of this football club you’re destined to become.Well done on your debut mate
— Kev (@Kev64108333) September 16, 2019
Looked superb out there fella
— Lee Maspero (@Leemo_LUFC) September 16, 2019
Well done mate. You played brilliantly. Keep up the hard work 🙂
— Mick 13 (@Mickthirteen) September 16, 2019
Well done you were fantastic
— Jordan Townend (@PLATINUMnotGREY) September 16, 2019
Many congratulations Stuart. First game at ER at 16 years of age and you produce a display like that! You, young man have a very big future ahead of you if you keep that standard up. Stay humble and let your talent do the talking. Very well done.
— Sean Emmett (@MorcarsHill) September 17, 2019
— George (@georgeIufc) September 16, 2019
You were also unreal mate! MOT
— Chris LUFC (@chrislufc1977) September 16, 2019
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience