By Will Butcher

Former Bournemouth star Eunan O’Kane has been singled out for praise by Ian Harte.

Leeds’ former Champions League left-back was O’Kane’s teammate during a two-year stint at Bournemouth, which ultimately became his last club before retirement.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the 39-year-old claimed that O’Kane improves Monk’s team and described him as a “very classy player.”

“Eunan’s a very clever player,” said Harte. “He’s great with the ball at his feet and he’ll break from midfield and look to slide balls into the strikers.

“When you sign players, what you’re trying to do is sign better players than you’ve already got.

“To me, Eunan improves that team. Okay, he didn’t play as many times as he wanted last season but he’s still played in the Premier League and he’s proven in the Championship.”

Harte played for the Cherries from 2013-2015 and was part of the side that gained promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2014-15 season, along with O’Kane who signed a two-year deal with the Yorkshire giants on deadline day.

Ireland international O’Kane had been a Bournemouth player since 2012, and after joining from Torquay, he went on to make 118 appearances for the club.

He joined the Cherries when they were a League One side, and helped them earn two promotions in three seasons.

 

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