Leeds United talent Stuart McKinstry is reportedly set to be offered a new contract at Elland Road as he continues to impress on loan at Scottish Premiership side Motherwell – but is he better off rejecting the deal, to further his career?
McKinstry, 20, had only played once at senior level for Leeds prior to rejoining boyhood club Motherwell on loan. He has returned to Fir Park for the entire 2022-23 campaign. Since then, he has clocked up 11 outings for The Well.
He has scored two goals, laid on an assist and won the club’s October Player of the Month award. His form even includes a gorgeous free-kick during a 2-1 defeat to Rangers. But McKinstry’s contract is about to expire, next June.
The Sun claim that Leeds are planning to hand McKinstry a new contract. Come January 1, if his situation remains the same, McKinstry will be available on a pre-contract agreement to non-English sides. Motherwell can sign him for free.
Leeds are looking to prevent that by handing him a new deal. But should McKinstry agree to a new deal? Or should he consider leaving Leeds on a free transfer with a view to leaving the Yorkshire side in a bid to further his career.
McKinstry to be offered contract – but he is better off rejecting Leeds deal
Leeds have an abundance of talent on the flanks. Just in the last two weeks, Willy Gnonto and Crysencio Summerville have come to the fore. Gnonto starred against Bournemouth, setting up Summerville’s winner on Saturday afternoon.
Summervile’s recent form does not need any explaining. Luis Sinisterra has starred since joining for £26million from Feyenoord, while Jack Harrison remains a crucial part of the side. Leeds have four excellent options out wide.
Rodrigo and Brenden Aaronson can play there, too. So, Leeds have excellent options on the flanks and McKinstry, despite his form north of the border, has little chance of making it at Leeds. He should reject a new Elland Road deal.