By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans took to Twitter to rip Eunan O’Kane to shreds after his performance in their team’s 2-1 Championship defeat to Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon.
The 27-year-old midfielder captained the team side during Paul Heckingbottom’s first game in charge as he returned to the starting XI after serving a three-match suspension.
But it was not a memorable afternoon for O’Kane in a feisty Yorkshire derby.
Billy Sharp opened the scoring after just two minutes at Bramall Lane with a stunning volley inside the penalty area that was cancelled out shortly after the half-time break as Pierre-Michel Lasogga netted a brilliant leader.
Hosts United went on to secure the three points in the Championship as Sharp added his second from the penalty spot, which was conceded when O’Kane was penalised for a mistimed challenge.
Leeds fans on social media singled out the Irish central midfielder for his individual display and have suggested he should be axed from the side.
Here is a selection of the best messages on Twitter:
How did O’Kane get the captains armband today? Had a shocking game. Never starting material let alone captain. #lufc
— Poz (@Poz89) February 10, 2018
9 cans later and still hate O’kane #LUFC
— Jack Gear (@JackGear_Lufc) February 11, 2018
O’Kane has been abysmal today, nowhere near good enough #lufc
— Julie Dawn Martin (@JoolsM71) February 10, 2018
Any chance we can just ban o'kane for rest of the season #lufc
— Sparky J (@JPHElectrical) February 10, 2018
I will tell you who didn’t perform today ; Alioski , Phillips , O’Kane and Roofe who got injured . Only 32 yo Pablo really excelled rest average to poor . Massive changes needed come summer #LUFC
— chris (@LeedsLoudHaler) February 10, 2018
Remember when everyone said O’Kane should be first name on the teamsheet and be skipper at start of season #lufc
— Matt (@mattlufc_) February 10, 2018
Only way O'Kane makes up for it is a solo run from our box and smashes it in from 30yards #lufc
— James (@jimmy_L_UFC) February 10, 2018
O'Kane is just a horrible player… #lufc
— Sander Landro (@LandroSander) February 10, 2018
O’Kane should have gone off for me. Dreadful performance today. We need leaders on the field. #lufc
— Chaz Cole (@chaz_coleman) February 10, 2018
Get O’Kane off, would rather play with 10!!#lufc
— ANDY PUGH (@lufcandos) February 10, 2018
O’Kane is a waste of space. #lufc
— Paul McGrath (@WesterosBatman) February 10, 2018
The result means that Leeds have slipped to 11th in the league table and are now eight points adrift of the play-off positions.