By Amir Mir
Leeds take on Preston North End in a crucial promotion showdown on Saturday afternoon at Elland Road – and fans on Twitter want Eunan O’Kane to start the match.
The club’s senior player has been on the bench for the last two encounters and was last named in the starting line-up during the 3-1 away win at Birmingham in March.
Garry Monk’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat against Brentford at Griffin Park on Tuesday night with academy product Kalvin Phillips and Liam Bridcutt selected to start in midfield.
Over the course of the season, O’Kane has battled with Phillips, Bridcutt and Vieira for two deep-lying playmaker roles in Monk’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
Former Premier League player Pablo Hernandez has been played in behind star striker Chris Wood for the majority of the season.
Nonetheless, after recent defeats, fans have urged Monk to name O’Kane in the starting XI, with one fan stating that he would change the midfield completely.
Overall, supporters were in agreement that they would like to see fresh legs in the middle of the park for the weekend clash.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Green,Ayling ,Pontus,Bartley,Berardai,Bridcutt,O'kane,Taylor,Roofe,Alfonso,wood 184.108.40.206 #lufc
— paul kelly (@paulie_lufc) April 7, 2017
My #lufc XI vs Preston:
Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi,
Sacko, Roofe, Doukara,
Change up midfield completely.
— 🙂 (@Max_LUFC) April 4, 2017
O'Kane has to come in on Saturday for me, with Roofe on right, Pedraza on left. Viera as well in midfield with O'Kane #lufc
— Toby Gray (@toby2leeds) April 4, 2017
Green, Berardi, Taylor, Bartley, Jansson, Bridcutt, Roofe, O'Kane, Hernandez, Doukara, Wood.#lufc
— LEEDS UNITED MAD (@LeedsUnited_MAD) April 5, 2017
— Barnesy9💙💛 (@Barnesy_9) April 4, 2017
O’Kane has played 24 Championship and EFL Cup matches for the Yorkshire club this term where he has failed to score a goal, but he has provided two assists.
Out of his 22 league encounters, he has featured in the starting XI on 18 occasions as the Irishman did miss a good chunk of December and January because of injury.
In other Leeds news, Pep Clotet has hit out at the lack of faith in the club’s players.