Leeds United midfielder Eunan O’Kane has been in good form in pre-season and has taken it into the new season under Thomas Christiansen. The Irish midfielder has been called up to the Republic Of Ireland squad for their games against Georgia and Serbia.
The squad will be trimmed down before the games but O’Kane is likely to keep his place. Although he doesn’t get much game time under Martin O’Neill he is always there or thereabouts and the Irish fans love him when he plays. His passion and commitment to the cause doesn’t go unnoticed by the fans and he often gets game time in friendly matches. However O’Kane may have a better chance of playing this campaign due to the fact he has become a key player at Leeds, and is not only starting games but much of the play seems to be based around the style of play that O’Kane brings to the table.
O’Kane signed from Bournemouth last season and was a key member of the side as we went on a very good run until just after the new year. He wasn’t one of the players who got the credit though and he was injured before the return of Liam Bridcutt. After he returned from injury Garry Monk stubbornly didn’t pick him in many games, despite us winning the ones he did play in. The likes of Phillips and Bridcutt were picked ahead of him and the although he probably couldn’t have altered the outcome as the majority of player were in poor form you can’t help but wonder if his ability would have helped.