By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans are tearing their hair out at the performances of Eunan O’Kane and want him to be sold this summer.
The central midfielder was surprisingly given the nod to start ahead of Adam Forshaw in Friday night’s defeat at Middlesbrough but United were 3-0 down after 68 minutes and the Irishman was then replaced by striker Caleb Ekuban.
Former Bournemouth player O’Kane, 27, has been a mainstay of the team this season, starting 23 of their 35 league fixtures.
But there has been increasing criticism of him from supporters who believe he lacks the composure on the ball and ability to dictate a game to make him a midfield lynchpin.
The Leeds faithful have been particularly vocal on social media about O’Kane not being up to standard in recent months.
That trend has continued in the wake of the loss at Boro, with fans calling on the club to get rid of him, with comments ranging from “absolutely horrendous” to “an embarrassment” who should “never wear the Leeds shirt again”.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Lewy Pearce (@LewyPearce) March 3, 2018
Season over. We failed to replace a GK, LB, CB and CF and still expected to make a push for play offs. I feel sorry for TC. No manager could have done better. Cooper, O’Kane,Felix and Berra all not good enough. SIAZ and PJ will go in summer. #lufc
— Jac Elsley (@Jac_Elsley1988) March 3, 2018
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) March 3, 2018
Slept on it woke up on it and come to the same conclusion. Wiedwald if we’re being honest worst keeper we’ve had in 25-30 years? Cannot think of anyone worse.O’Kane still don’t know what anyone sees in him. Put a foot in maybe but the games just pass him by week after week #LUFC
— Shaun (@Electric_Hobbo) March 3, 2018
Be a big test of Hecky’s cojones now – O’Kane, Wiedwald for a start need to be as far away from the starting XI as possible. Playing O’Kane and Phillips is repeating TC’s mistakes. #lufc
— jd (@jackdudders) March 3, 2018
— Shane Blockley (@NeilPre46459264) March 3, 2018
— Andrew (@LUFCMOTogether) March 3, 2018
Still seething over that spineless performance last night. Our captain Liam Cooper epitomised us. Next season, O’Kane, Weidwald and Cooper all need to go. They’ve fostered a losing mentality at #lufc.
— Hank Scorpio (@hank_lufc) March 3, 2018
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