By Harvey Byrne
Noel Whelan has named midfielder Eunan O’Kane as one of Leeds most consistent performers this season.
The 26-year-old midfielder made the switch to Elland Road from Premier League side Bournemouth in the summer.
He has made 11 appearances for the Yorkshire giants this campaign, providing two assists and has been pivotal to the side as they currently sit in sixth place.
With a tough clash against Newcastle coming up on Sunday the club are currently waiting on results from a groin injury sustained by the midfielder while on international.
Now former player Whelan has stated that the club will miss O’Kane if he’s not available through injury, claiming that he is one of the most consistent players.
“Our Irish international midfielder Eunan O’Kane had to fly home early during the international break with a groin injury,” wrote Whelan in his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“And I think Eunan has probably been one of the most consistent players for Leeds.
“Everyone has been playing at the top of their game but when I look at him and the calmness that he brings to the team and the way he gets back in to defend and gets himself into the right positions, that’s experience.
“And if you lose somebody with that kind of experience and that calmness about a team then you are going to miss them.
“But hopefully coming back early is going to give him another week to get himself right and the club can assess him and see what they need to do to try and make it that he’s in the starting line up for Sunday’s match.
“If O’Kane and Liam Bridcutt are both going to be missing against Newcastle then it’s going to be difficult, isn’t it? They have got a lot of experience in their team at Newcastle.”
The match against the Toon has sold out with fans of both sides eager to see two of the biggest Championship sides compete.
They are both also in the top three of the form table with Newcastle winning 25 points in their last 10 fixtures, while Leeds have picked up 22.
Only Brighton have done better in their last 10 encounters, with 26 points.
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