Not many Leeds United players have received as much stick for their performances in recent weeks then Eunan O’Kane. The Irish central midfielder has had a poor campaign for Leeds this season. His performances have not improved since the appointment of Paul Heckingbottom and fans have simply had enough.
Part of the reason behind the disappointment in his performances is the obvious ability of the player. He helped Bournemouth to back-to-back promotions and was a regular during their first season in the Premier League.
Not only that, but the 27-year-old is also a fully fledged Irish international. He has seven caps for the Republic of Ireland and is a regular in the squad under manager Martin O’Neill.
In fact, even despite his poor form, O’Kane has received a call-up to the latest Irish squad. Ireland take on Turkey later this month and whilst much of the focus was on Seamus Coleman’s recall after injury, Leeds fans were aghast that their woefully out of form midfielder was included. Here is some of the best reaction:
The most ludicrous thing I’ve read all day. He was rightly dropped from a midfield that last night had an average rating of 3.5/10 ?
— Pablo Lasoggy (@Pablo_Lassoggy) March 8, 2018
can he stay with Ireland
— I prefer a flan (@highdownrovers1) March 8, 2018
O’Neill half hour before selection pic.twitter.com/zjHH1PzuBv
— Gavin Benson (@GavBenson21) March 8, 2018
Thankfully there are 9 midfielders ahead of him.
— Harry Perkins MP (@donkey_kane) March 8, 2018
He must be blind
— Adam Jameson (@adam_jameson21) March 8, 2018
— Bradley Evans (@Bradley_J_Evans) March 8, 2018
— Josh (@Joshwatkins92) March 8, 2018
How desperate are the Irish
— Bryn Johnson (@BrynLufc) March 8, 2018
— YeboahBelieveIt (@YeboahBelieveIt) March 8, 2018
— Dean miller (@Deanmil84440105) March 8, 2018
Can they take him now…….please!?
— John Kirton (@JohnKirton90) March 8, 2018
It seems not many Leeds fans would like to take him back. But O’Kane’s poor form is indicative of a wider problem at Leeds.
Central midfield has been a problem for them all season. Kalvin Phillips has hit the limits of his talent. Ronaldo Vieira has struggled this term, tendonitis not helping his cause. January recruit Adam Forshaw was supposed to change things, but he has not exactly had the massive impact Leeds were hopeful for.
It has seen some calling for Leeds to give a chance to some of the younger players in central-midfield, with performances in the position proving that concerning.
O’Kane recently spoke of the club not lacking leaders and he is supposed to be one of them. Leeds take on Reading this weekend, who like the Whites have struggled to reach the heights of last season.
O’Kane and his midfield partners must improve if they are to get the better of the Royals and stop this rut of form in West Yorkshire.