Leeds United are experiencing arguably their best season since being relegated from the Premier League in 2004 under manager Marcelo Bielsa.
The Argentine’s insistence of playing a number of the club’s academy graduates has paid off massively as the likes of Bailey-Peacock Farrell, Kalvin Phillips and Jamie Shackleton have all contributed in the Whites’ race for promotion. Therefore, it is intriguing that Bielsa is close to bringing in one of Scottish football’s brightest prospects. According to Football Insider, Leeds are closing in on signing Stuart McKinstry from Motherwell having agreed personal terms with the winger in a deal reported to be worth £400,000.
Keeping this in mind, let’s compare the teenager with on the club’s other midfielders…
Although Stuart McKinstry has yet to make his senior debut for Motherwell, he has been in impressive form the club’s youth sides this year and recently earned a call-up for the Scotland U-17’s in February.
With the Steelmen eighth in the Scottish Premiership and having very little to play for between now and May, it could be a concern for Leeds that he has still not been given an opportunity in a division which could be considered as an equal standard to the Championship.
TT GRADE: B-
After produced a number of stand-out performances for the club’s U-23 side in the early stages of the season, Jack Clarke was handed his first debut by Bielsa in a 1-1 draw at Brentford and has emerged as one of the club’s most talented prospects.
At the age of 18, the winger seemingly has the world at his feet and could become a key player for Leeds in the years to come if given the chance to establish himself for the first team. With just five games left for the Whites to play between now and the end of the campaign, Clarke could immortalise himself in the club’s history if he provides the spark needed for them to secure a return to the top flight.
TT GRADE: A
With McKinstry looking set to move to Elland Road, it will be very interesting to see what the future holds for the winger, especially if Leeds are promoted to the Premier League in the summer. Although it is difficult to compare the Scottish ace to Clarke due to the fact that he has yet to make his professional debut, it is fair to say that he is extremely unlikely to displace a player who is arguably one of the best young talents in Britain.
Therefore, if it is a straight fight between these two players for just one position next season, Bielsa will have to opt with choosing Clarke.
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