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