Sources: Leeds tell international on long-term deal to find new club due to 'average technique'
Leeds United have told Eunan O’Kane to find a new club this summer as he does not fit into the playing style implemented by Marcelo Bielsa, Football Insider understands.
The Republic of Ireland international has spent the recently-completed domestic season on loan at promoted League One club Luton Town but has missed most of the campaign due to a serious knee injury.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider there is no way back at Elland Road for O’Kane due to what Bielsa and his coaching staff believe is an “average technique” and his difficulties in adapting to the fluent passing style during pre-season last summer.
O’Kane failed to even make the United squad during their early-season league matches after being a regular in the previous two campaigns under Paul Heckingbottom, Thomas Christiansen and Garry Monk.
He joined Luton on loan but was another victim of the knee injury curse that afflicted senior Leeds players at and loaned out from the club all season.
Leeds are hopeful they can secure a significant fee for ex-Bournemouth midfielder O’Kane given that he is 28 and has two years remaining on the four-year contract he was handed when Andrea Radrizzani took over as owner in the summer of 2017.
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The Irishman has a wealth of experience in the Championship, League One, League Two and even 16 appearances in the Premier League, with his United career yielding 58 matches.
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