By Alex Stevens
Norwich midfielder Graham Dorrans was “embarrassed” by the excellence of Leeds midfield duo Kalvin Phillips and Eunan O’Kane on Saturday, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post paid tribute to Phillips, 20, and O’Kane, 24, for winning the midfield battle in Leeds’ stunning 3-2 win at Norwich.
Scotland international Dorrans is widely regarded as one of the Championship’s outstanding central midfielders, scoring four goals from 10 league games this season.
The former West Brom player, 29, is also an experienced Premier League operator who is renowned for his goalscoring ability and creativity from midfield.
But the newspaper highlighted how he was overshadowed by the Leeds young guns.
“The competence of O’Kane and Phillips in midfield embarrassed Graham Dorrans,” reported the Yorkshire Evening Post.
O’Kane has emerged as a first-choice player under Garry Monk and started his 10th league match of the season in Saturday’s stunning 3-2 win at Norwich.
The Yorkshire Evening Post gave O’Kane a rating of nine out of 10 for his performance at Carrow Road.
“Helped Leeds to tick but was ambitious enough to get forward in the move which led to [Chris] Wood’s strike. Another great bit of business,” the report stated.
O’Kane’s performances have been especially important given the absence through injury of club captain Liam Bridcutt for the last six weeks.
The Republic of Ireland player has been paired with one of Phillips or Ronaldo Vieira, the Leeds academy products, during the period which has coincided with the team’s revival.
Garry Monk’s side came from a goal down at Norwich to secure their seventh victory from 10 league matches and climb into the play-off positions for the first time this season.
Goals from Pontus Jansson, Wood and Hadi Sacko secured a famous win for Leeds to maintain the feel-good factor at Elland Road.
Leeds’ third victory in a row lifts them to sixth place in the Championship and into the play-off spots for the first time since December 2016.
In other Leeds news, a senior player is destined to leave the club in January.