Marcelo Bielsa watched on as Leeds United’s Under-23 side cruised past Watford with an enormous 6-0 win at Elland Road on Monday night – and Leeds fans have been particularly impressed with Stuart McKinstry’s first start for the second string.
Leeds named a side that included plenty of first-team experience, including the likes of returning duo Luke Ayling and Tyler Roberts – who both got on the score sheet – and Eddie Nketiah, who notched a brace.
Barry Douglas, Gaetano Berardi, Matuesz Bogusz and Jack Clarke also played, while Pascal Struijk and Robbie Gotts added the two other goals for Leeds. But it was a special night for McKinstry, at just 16 years of age.
Signed from Scottish Premiership side Motherwell in the summer, Scotland Under-17 international McKinstry started for the first time and certainly looked as though to be a big prospect for the future – looking right at home despite his tender age.
— Stuart Mckinstry (@stuartmckin91) September 16, 2019
Both Roberts and Nketiah scored from the penalty spot but it was McKinstry that won those spot-kicks. His ability on the ball was a constant thorn in Watford’s defence, and certainly his vision was on full show.
Leeds fans responded to his Tweet by heaping huge praise on the talented youngster, who is already playing far beyond his expectations at 16 years old in the reserves. Many are excited by his first start, and what is in store in years to come for McKinstry.
Well done you were fantastic
— Jordan Townend (@PLATINUMnotGREY) September 16, 2019
Stuart I've just watched the game and thought what a player you are and what a fantastic member of this football club you're destined to become.Well done on your debut mate 👏👏👏👏
— Kev 💛💙 (@Kev64108333) September 16, 2019
Many congratulations Stuart. First game at ER at 16 years of age and you produce a display like that! You, young man have a very big future ahead of you if you keep that standard up. Stay humble and let your talent do the talking. Very well done.
— Sean Emmett (@MorcarsHill) September 17, 2019
Just the beginning. The future is bright.👏👏👏
— Channi Patel💙💛 (@ChanniPatel) September 16, 2019
Well done Stuart – more of the same and it won't be long until you are in the first team – keep up the good work 👏
— Damien Cummins (@Damien_Cms) September 16, 2019
Some first game at Elland road that! Can’t believe you’re only 16! Congratulations
— Niall wright (@Niallwright5) September 16, 2019