Stuart McKinstry has the potential to become a household name at Leeds United.
That’s according to the winger’s former coach at Motherwell, Steven Hammell, who says the 19-year-old’s attitude should serve him well in Yorkshire.
Having come through the academy at Motherwell, McKinstry left the Scottish Premiership side in 2019 to join Leeds, having never made a senior appearance for The Steelmen.
Following that move, the teenager has spent the past couple of seasons in Leeds’ academy, and finally made his first-team debut for the club this season.
That came when McKinstry featured from the bench in the League Cup match at Fulham back in September, playing 15 minutes of that clash at Craven Cottage.
But although the winger is still waiting to make his second appearance for the club, it seems Hammell is still expecting big things from McKinstry.
Speaking about the 19-year-old’s departure from Fir Park, and his potential at Leeds, Motherwell’s academy director told the Lanarkshire Live Sport Podcast: “Stuart McKinstry is a fabulous young player. He has the right attitude and temperament. He’s surrounded by a lovely family who are very supportive of him.
“If a team in England come and offer anything you want as a young player, then, of course, it’s difficult to say no. All we can do is progress what we have here and sell our story.
“I’m sure Stuart will do wonderful things and become a household name in the next three or four years – but I don’t want to put too much pressure on the young man! He’ll do well because of his attitude.”
This ought to be exciting for those of a Leeds United persuasion.
Hammell obviously knows McKinstry well from their time working together at Motherwell, so he is someone who you ought to be able to rely upon with a statement such as this.
Admittedly, it is not going to be easy for McKinstry to break into the Leeds first-team given their current wings options, with plenty of ability and experience in that position.
But his outing in the Cup this season shows he is in Bielsa’s thoughts, and if his attitude is as good as Hammell says, he should have a decent chance of more senior outings in the coming seasons.