Leeds Live have claimed that Leeds United are being made to wait until the January transfer window to finally offload midfielder Eunan O’Kane, who remains completely out of favour at Elland Road.
O’Kane, 29, was signed by Leeds in the summer of 2016 under Garry Monk from AFC Bournemouth. The Ireland international impressed in his first season at the club, but struggled from then on in.
During 2017-18, O’Kane started the campaign under Thomas Christiansen but dropped down the pecking order under Paul Heckingbottom. Marcelo Bielsa’s arrival saw him leave on loan, joining Luton Town last term.
In just his fourth appearance for Luton, O’Kane suffered a double fracture and it has kept the former Torquay midfielder on the sidelines for almost 12 months. He is still undergoing rehabilitation.
It is clear that Bielsa no longer wants O’Kane, but the injury is preventing Leeds from selling him this summer.
TBR’s view – O’Kane unlucky, but Leeds have moved on
O’Kane has been injured for Bielsa’s entire tenure at Elland Road, and the Argentine likes a small squad. Since O’Kane’s injury, Kalvin Phillips has been converted into the Championship’s best number four.
Adam Forshaw and Alfie McCalmont both act as cover at the base of the midfield. O’Kane has two years left on his deal at Leeds, but he is simply too far down the pecking order to ever recover.
Though unlucky, Leeds will not be sympathetic. He will be sold in January.