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Leeds United fans won’t shed a tear over Eunan O’Kane exit

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Leeds United fans won’t shed a tear over Eunan O’Kane exit

The Irish international has struggled to have an impact at Leeds United.

Leeds United are reportedly set to allow Eunan O’Kane leave the club this summer. The Yorkshire Evening Post is reporting that O’Kane is one of a number of players who will be allowed to leave Elland Road this summer by new manager Marcelo Bielsa.

It will be a deal that will not leave Leeds fans devastated.

O’Kane was signed by Garry Monk as a player who had taken a club to the Premier League before. He helped Bournemouth to the Premier League in 2014-15 and Leeds snapped him up.

But he has struggled to recreate any of his form with the Cherries.

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O’Kane played 26 times in the 2016-17 campaign and put in some decent performances as Leeds narrowly missed out on the play-offs.

 

But last season he was poor, despite continually getting picked by Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom. That is, he was poor by his own high standards, and that of the Leeds faithful.

They simply felt they could expect more from the Republic of Ireland international. But he often looked sluggish in games and fans simply lost faith in his ability to be a key player at Elland Road.

When Bielsa arrived he said he had watched all of Leeds’ games from last season and, clearly, he similarly unimpressed by O’Kane’s performances.

Leeds fans will wish him well but also be glad to see the 27-year-old leave.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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