By Danny Wright
Leeds United supporters have waxed lyrical about Eunan O’Kane after he starred in Saturdays’ 3-2 win over Ipswich at Elland Road.
O’Kane, 27, pulled the strings as the Whites ensured that they would keep themselves at the top of the Championship table for at least the next couple of days before their Tuesday visit to Cardiff.
The Republic of Ireland international played all 90 minutes over the win against Ipswich, playing alongside Kalvin Phillips in the heart of the midfield.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Phillips got the goals for Leeds as Bartozs Bialkowski’s own goal proved to the defining factor to cancel out strikes from Ipswich’s David McGoldrick and Joe Garner.
Although he won’t grab any headlines because of his performances, Leeds fans though O’Kane was superb in the midfield and a real driving force behind what was a good three points.
Supporters raved about the Irish midfielder on Twitter after the game that he has been a “revelation this season”.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Huge win today. What a player o'kane is #lufc
— Matty Beswick (@bezzyboy88) September 23, 2017
O'kane MOTM for me, absolutely superb! Think Pontus will be back for Cardiff, we struggled with corners without him. Roll on Tuesday #lufc
— Lee (@LufcLee19) September 23, 2017
Been a revelation this season.
— Andy P (@ArcticReviews) September 23, 2017
O'Kane again outstanding & a critical cog to our campaign…
How Monk didn't see fit to include him in his #Lufc team is a source of madness
— Ayub Patel (@AyubPatel123) September 23, 2017
For those moaning about vieira. Simply no room in the squad. Will get chances but Phillips and O'kane are undroppable #LUFC
— mathew hibbert 💙💛 (@matteohib94) September 23, 2017
O’Kane was sparsely used by Garry Monk last season but since Thomas Christiansen has taken the reins at Elland Road, the former Bournemouth ace has been one of Leeds’ most pivotal players.
Him and Phillips have forged a brilliant partnership in the deeper-lying midfield roles, giving the space for Samu Saiz to show his creative flair in the No 10 role ahead of them while also bringing the electric wingers into play.
O’Kane could end up being the main factor in a promotion push this season.
In other Leeds United news, Christiansen has made a shock admission about Jansson after the Ipswich win.