It’d been a while since Leeds United added some new faces to the youth teams. It felt like every other day we were signing youngsters into the under 23’s when Victor Orta first arrived and it’s helped push through the development of some talented youngsters. Today it’d reported in Scotland Leeds are chasing Motherwell youngster Stuart McKinstry.
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There is little doubt that Leeds need to do business for the first-team this January. The squad is thin but that brings me to my first point, the under 23’s have been the saving grace in an injury-hit season for the Whites. Jamie Shackleton, Jack Clarke, Leif Davis, Aapo Halme, Robbie Gotts and Will Huffer have all been on the bench and in the team in recent weeks and some are now very much part of the first-team rather than the under 23’s.
McKinstry is 16-years-old and according to reports would be costing Leeds around £400k. This is a similar figure to what Leeds paid Helsinki for young defender Aapo Halme who has really impressed after being thrown in to some very tough games this season. His most impressive appearance was off the bench in the Yorkshire Derby away at Sheffield United where he helped us to a 0-1 victory. Since arriving at Leeds United Victor Orta has revamped the academy recruitment system and there is little doubt how effective it has been.
Carlos Corberan is currently splitting his time between the under 23’s and the first-team and his impact at the club has probably risen above the expectations he had on arrival. He has helped push through the development of the likes of Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton who were very promising and just needing the guidance and opportunity before his arrival. Although this may not be signing Leeds fans want, these are crucial for the future of the club.