Leeds United confirmed the arrival of Max Wober on Tuesday as their first January addition in a deal said to be worth £10.6m – but could Wober’s arrival, because of his shirt number, mean Stuart McKinstry‘s time at Elland Road is over?
Wober, 24, has penned a long-term contract at Elland Road until June 2027. It comes after impressing at Salzburg over the last three and a half years. Part of that of course, was working under Jesse Marsch – at centre-back, or left-back.
Now, he reunites with Marsch – and both Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen. While Wober is not going to be available against West Ham on Wednesday, he is likely to feature against Cardiff City this weekend in the FA Cup.
He will wear the no.39 shirt at Leeds – the same number he wore during his time at Salzburg. He also wore 39 during his time at Rapid Vienna. That decision to hand him his favoured 39 may be a hint that McKinstry’s Leeds time is up.
Wober arrival at Leeds could mean McKinstry’s time is over
When Leeds handed Brenden Aaronson the no.7 shirt in the summer, it saw Ian Poveda lose his number. Of course, Poveda has gone on loan to Blackpool and while he still has a contract at Leeds – it is unlikely he plays for us again.
The same can now be said for McKinstry. The 20-year-old went on loan to Motherwell in the summer, after two senior outings under Marcelo Bielsa, wearing no.39. He has impressed at his boyhood club, even scoring against Rangers.
But when he returns, he will find that he is lacking a shirt number. Leeds seem to have already decided he does not have a future at Elland Road – with his contract due to expire in June. Wober’s no.39 suggests McKinstry will leave.