By Danny Wright

Leeds United ace Eunan O’Kane has admitted that he was left frustrated by his lack of game time under the leadership of Garry Monk last season.

O’Kane, 27, saw first-team opportunities limited last term when the Whites fell just short of finishing in the Championship play-off spots as he made just 20 starts all season in the league.

However this campaign, under the management of Thomas Christiansen, O’Kane has emerged as one of Leeds’ most pivotal players in the centre of the pitch having start every game in the opening eight fixtures of the 2017/18 Championship.

The former Bournemouth man has now made it clear about how he felt having been forced to sit on the sidelines time and time again when the now-Middlesbrough boss was in charge at Elland Road.

“It’s not down to me to pick the team, I can only make myself available,” said O’Kane on BBC Radio Leeds on Wednesday, as shown on the radio station’s official Facebook account.

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“It was hugely frustrating for me last season because I like to think I could have helped having been involved with teams that have been in that situation before, in terms of being promoted.”

He added: “It’s done with now, it’s a new season, there’s a lot of ‘ifs’ surrounding that but it’s too late now.”

O’Kane is now continually keeping his spot in Christiansen’s first-team plans due to his hardworking displays in the centre of the park.

The Republic of Ireland international has been at the heart of some good results this season alongside Kalvin Phillips, who is looking more and more like a future star for the Whites.

O’Kane’s good form is highlighted in the fact that he manages to keep a number of summer signings out of the side, as well as fan favourite Ronaldo Vieira, who is touted as one of the club’s most valuable young players.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have jetted out on a Spanish transfer mission to watch this ex-Real Madrid forward.

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