Hartlepool United considering loan deal for Leeds United and ex-Motherwell midfielder


McKinstry is part of the U23 squad at Elland Road and made his senior debut for Leeds last season in the League Cup success against Fulham, in which the young Scotland international converted the winning penalty at Craven Cottage, winning praise from former boss Marcelo Bielsa in the process.

McKinstry’s youth form, including EFL Trophy appearances against Oldham Athletic and Salford City, led to the 19-year-old making his Premier League debut in November coming off the bench against Tottenham Hotspur in a defeat 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur. Stadium.

The midfielder was benched for the Premier League side eight more times last season, including both games against Pools’ northeast neighbors Newcastle United.

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Hartlepool United are considering a loan approach for Leeds United midfielder Stuart McKinstry. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

McKinstry received their first Scotland U21 call-up in October 2021, after being selected in Scot Gemill’s squad for their Euro U21 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Belgium.

The midfielder was thought to attract the attention of Championship trio Coventry City, Blackpool and Stoke City on a possible loan move in January, according to Football Insider reports, before staying at Elland Road, where he scored two times and assisted four times in Premier. Ligue 2 last season.

McKinstry came through the ranks at Motherwell, a Pools club assistant Gordon Young knows well from having spent more than a decade at Fir Park, before joining the Yorkshire club in 2019.

The 19-year-old has agreed a new contract at Elland Road in 2020 which will run until the end of next season.

McKinstry offers versatility in midfield by being able to play wide or through the center and would therefore fit the mold that Pools boss Paul Hartley seems to be aiming for as he looks to develop his squad.

McKinstry is highly regarded at Elland Road, with a move to League 2 perhaps an opportunity to develop those credentials over the course of a full season.

Any deal for McKinstry would be on loan so the Premier League side can monitor their progress, with Jesse Marsch light in midfield ahead of the expected exit of England international Kalvin Phillips, while speculation continues over the future by Raphinha.

The deal would be seen as a big move for Hartley given that the path to the first team has not been ruled out for McKinstry given that his U23 teammates Lewis Bate, Crysencio Summerville and Sam Greenwood all played in the Premier League towards the end of last season and with the new decision of five substitutions coming into play in the top flight this season.

McKinstry are set to return to the Thorp Arch training center in Leeds for pre-season duty this week, as Pools completes their warm-weather training camp in Portugal.

Hartley bolstered his squad ahead of the Algarve trip with a wave of signings, including Rangers winger Jake Hastie who also spent time with McKinstry at Motherwell as part of youth training at Fir Park.


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