Phil Hay has teased that Stuart McKinstry is a Leeds United youngster impressing Marcelo Bielsa at this moment in time.
Leeds lean heavily on their academy to assist Bielsa’s squad, with the 64-year-old insisting on working with trimmed numbers at first-team level.
Jamie Shackleton, Jack Clarke, Pascal Struijk, Oli Casey, Alfie McCalmont, Jordan Stevens and Robbie Gotts are just some of the names that have debuted since Bielsa arrived at Elland Road in 2018.
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And, Hay has teased that McKinstry could be the next Thorp Arch talent to make waves in the first-team, revealing he has taken part in Bielsa’s ‘murderball’ sessions and caught the eye.
Writing on his Q&A for The Athletic, Hay revealed: “The next one to look out for might be Stuart McKinstry, the teenage winger who Leeds signed from Motherwell.
“He’s creeping up the rails and has been more and more involved in first-team training and murderball sessions.
“He’s only 17 but is ringing Bielsa’s bell, so to speak.”
McKinstry has been a regular in Leeds’ youth sides since arriving from Scotland, but so far has failed to crack a first-team squad going in pursuit of Premier League football.
In terms of Leeds’ wingers, they have Jack Harrison and Helder Costa as first choice, with Pablo Hernandez often known to drift out there and feature.
Additionally, Ian Poveda was signed in January and Ezgjan Alioski can play in that more advanced role on the left.
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Leeds’ academy at this moment in time, with a host of players pushing for the first-team.
McKinstry is obviously one of those, but given Leeds are chasing the ultimate goal of Premier League football, you can understand why he hasn’t been blooded just yet.
However, Bielsa’s track record tells us that a chance will eventually come, particularly if the winger continues to impress at Thorp Arch.
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