Leeds United’s academy has produced its fair share of talented players in recent years.
The likes of Danny Rose, James Milner, Aaron Lennon and Jonathan Woodgate have all come through the ranks at Elland Road before achieving distinguished careers at the highest level. Therefore, the excitement surrounding the current crop of players is understandable as it could easily be a start of another golden generation for the Whites, especially if they are promoted to the Premier League at the end of the season.
Jack Clarke, Jamie Shackleton and Bailey Peacock-Farrell have all been handed their debuts by Marcelo Bielsa during the current campaign whilst Ryan Edmonson and Clarke Odour could be the next players to break through to the first team squad.
However, despite the abundance of prospects in the club’s academy, Leeds are on the verge of signing one of Motherwell’s brightest teenagers. According to Football Insider, Stuart McKinstry is expected to join the Championship club in the summer for a fee expected to be in the region of £400,000 after agreeing personal terms earlier this week. The wonderkid has yet to make his bow in senior football but has been very impressive for the Steelmen’s youth sides with his performances earning him a call up for Scotland’s U-17’s outfit in February.
McKinstry will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Gary McAllister who also began his career at Motherwell before winning the First Division title with Leeds in 1992. Unfortunately, though for the 16-year-old, a move to the Whites may end up being disastrous for his development.
If Marcelo Bielsa’s side seal promotion to the top tier in May, McKinstry will have to fight off an intense level of competition in order to make his way into his new manager’s plans for the immediate future. Clarke, Shackleton, Stuart Dallas and Pablo Hernandez have all operated in the wide areas this season for Leeds and a top-two finish for the club could see them strengthen further in the summer.
With this in mind, McKinstry must approach a move to Elland Road with caution as if he gets lost in the system, he may not fulfil his potential.
What do you think Leeds fans? Is McKinstry taking a risk by moving to your club? Are you confident that he will be giving the chance to impress by Bielsa next season? Let us know below.