This article is part of Football FanCast’s In The Pipeline series, which takes a look at some of the most promising young talent either linked with clubs or emerging from their academies…
Leeds have a number of gifted young players coming through their ranks at the moment and a host of their rising stars have already featured for the first team this term.
Mateusz Bogusz and Alfie McCalmont earned their first starts at senior level for the Whites while Leif Davis has also got his chance.
However, there is a new name to add to the pile who might well receive a chance sooner rather than later.
Stuart McKinstry was in fine form for the U23s on Monday night as he won two penalties and was regularly involved in the creation of chances against Watford in a 6-0 rout.
Playing alongside first-team names such as Tyler Roberts and Luke Ayling, he failed to look out of place in a performance described by YEP as one that caused problems.
The 16-year-old was making his home debut for Leeds after being brought in on scholarship terms over the summer from Motherwell.
The winger is yet to make his senior bow but was on the bench for his former side last term so there is definitely a reason to suggest he could give Marcelo Bielsa something to think about.
But he could also have a strong say on another member of the academy striving for a first-team opportunity.
That happens to be Ryan Edmondson. The striker scored a hat-trick in a pre-season friendly and has since netted his first goal at youth level for England.
Having appeared for the Leeds senior team under Bielsa before, he is someone very much on the radar. Despite that, he hasn’t been seen anywhere near his plans in competitive action throughout 2019/20.
McKinstry started on the right against the Hornets and linked up with Nketiah at one point in the first half before winning two spot-kicks with his crafty nature.
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The Scot had creativity in abundance as he laid on a brilliant opportunity with his passing for Robbie Gotts on 20 minutes as well.
It’s that kind of expertise that a player like Edmondson could thrive next to in the youth setup, particularly because of the understanding McKinstry had with his striker earlier in the week.
You sense as though the 18-year-old could do with a run of goals and if he has someone like the young Scot beside him, impressing with his dribbling and ability to pick a pass, he arguably has a better chance of finding the net.
With the forward struggling to make an impact on Bielsa, the only way he’ll force his way into the Argentine’s head is by continuing to score for the U23s – McKinstry, therefore, can act as the supply line and help with that matter.