MOT View: Player with 58 Leeds apps should join growing list of Elland Rd exits in Jan
A lot of Leeds United fans will have probably forgotten that Eunan O’Kane is still on the books at Elland Road.
The 29-year-old has had an injury nightmare in the last two and a half years with him not kicking a ball in a competitive setting since breaking his leg while on loan at Luton Town.
O’Kane joined Luton in League One in August 2018 but after just four appearances, he was forced into a return to Elland Road as his broken leg ruled him out of the entire 2018/19 campaign.
The central midfielder is still yet to play since Luton’s win against Bristol Rovers on September 15 in 2018.
O’Kane made 58 appearances in all competitions for Leeds before he dropped down the pecking order and was sent out on loan to Luton but he does not seem as though he is going to add to that figure any time soon.
According to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay, the seven-times Republic of Ireland international is expected to leave the Yorkshire club in the current January transfer window, adding to a growing list of exits this month.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
“We were all expecting Eunan O’Kane to go out this month, now that he’s over his broken leg. Coyle, Shaughnessy and Cibicki have already gone. There aren’t too many more players to clear out,” said Hay via a live Q&A session on The Athletic’s website on Tuesday.
Victor Orta has been busy trying to shift the deadwood at Elland Road so far this month and hopefully, for the sake of everyone, O’Kane can wrap up his days at the Yorkshire club too.
Yes, O’Kane was a bit of a scapegoat and he was never really good enough for a team like Leeds that were pushing for promotion.
He was prone to mistakes, his passing wasn’t great and most of the time when he played, the Whites just look like a worse team.
However, putting that all aside for the sake of this article, it really is a shame to see the way that his career has gone in the last two and a half seasons.
No player deserves the injury hell that O’Kane has endured but it is completely understandable why Marcelo Bielsa would not need him in his first-team squad too – even with the recent shortage of central midfield options.
O’Kane was not good enough before his injury and is almost certainly not going to be good enough once he is fully up to speed again.
Hopefully he can find a new club this month and hopefully Leeds are more than willing to let the midfielder leave on reasonable terms with his contract not set to expire until 2021.
In other Leeds United news, fans have gone wild for this latest striker transfer news.