By Will Butcher
Kemar Roofe has claimed that Eunan O’Kane would be a good manager.
Last year’s League 2 Player of the Year revealed his thoughts to the Football League Paper, stating that O’Kane would be an impressive boss in the dugout because of his footballing brain.
Roofe also claimed that Leeds’ most skillful player is Democratic Republic of Congo international Jordan Botaka, who is currently on loan at League One outfit Charlton Athletic.
“Eunan O’Kane will be very good manager because he’s an intelligent footballer and knows the game inside out,” Roofe claimed. “He’s got a lot of experience even though he still has many years of his playing career left. He’s got a good football brain.
“He’s on loan at Charlton at the moment. but Jordan Botaka is very, very skilful. He isn’t a show-off, though. It’s just his natural game to do tricks. He just seems to do whatever comes into his head.”
Roofe is a new signing at Elland Road, but has come under criticism from some sections of Leeds fans as he struggles to prove his £3million transfer fee.
Similarly to Roofe, O’Kane signed for Leeds this summer after failing to break into Bournemouth’s first team following the central-midfield signings of Lewis Cook and Jack Wilshere.
The five-time Republic of Ireland international has since become a mainstay of Garry Monk’s side this season, helping Leeds win eight of his 12 league and cup encounters.
Both O’Kane and Roofe are expected to feature for Leeds this weekend against Yorkshire rivals Rotherham, as they look to regain their Championship play-off place with three points against Kenny Jackett’s new side.
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