It hasn’t taken former Motherwell youngster Stuart McKinstry long to get going at Leeds United.

After making his debut for the U23s last week in an away draw with Crystal Palace, the 16-year-old was given the chance to play for them at Elland Road for the first time.

McKinstry impressed on his first Yorkshire appearance.
He impressed on his first Yorkshire appearance. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

McKinstry made a great impression in Yorshire.

A case of what if for Motherwell as Leeds begin to reap McKinstry rewards

He played a big role in a convincing 6-0 victory over Watford. Leeds named a side that included plenty of first-team experience, with the likes of Eddie Nketiah, Barry Douglas, Tyler Roberts, Gaetano Berardi and Jack Clarke featuring.

It was McKinstry though who perhaps made the biggest impression. First of all, the Scotsman won a penalty in the first half, which was converted by Nketiah.

The Arsenal loanee netted. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Another driving run presented a similar result. McKinstry was brought down again in the box, winning another penalty, which Roberts finished.

His ability on the ball was a constant threat to the Hornets defence. Whilst it’s unclear if this will fast-track his progression to the first-team, he’s certainly making a good case for it.

Motherwell will be pleased he is making progress, even if it’s with a touch of regret. At just 16 he represents fantastic potential and perhaps if he’d stayed in North Lanarkshire, first-team football would have been a possibility this term.

Stephen Robinson may have used him this term. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Leeds are the ones benefitting from his services though. McKinstry is definitely one to watch over the next few years.

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