By Harvey Byrne
Leeds United’s senior midfielder Eunan O’Kane has made the admission that he was initially thinking ‘Thomas who?’ when he heard the appointment of Thomas Christiansen this summer.
The Yorkshire giants were left without a manager in May when Garry Monk decided to depart despite guiding the club to a seventh placed finish in his single season in charge.
It was initially a cause of much concern for the club’s fan base with Monk a popular figure then being replaced by a manager whose only previous experience has came in Cyprus.
Christiansen has since got Leeds off to a fantastic start as they sit top of the league after eight games, but O’Kane has admitted that he didn’t know who was coming in at first.
“Regardless of who it is who comes in at a football club, that person, from minute one, has your career in their hands,” told O’Kane, as quoted by the Irish Times.
“I was a little bit like, ‘Thomas who?’ I didn’t know who he was but from minute one you come into training, he’s the boss. He’s the one who decides whether you stay there or you leave.
“So, it’s up to you to impress him and clearly quite a few of us have because we’ve extended our contracts and been playing.”
O’Kane made the switch to Leeds under Monk on the 2016 summer transfer deadline from Premier League club Bournemouth.
He played in 26 matches for the club in his debut campaign, returning three assists as he helped marshal the midfield of Monk’s side.
Meanwhile, under Christiansen he has kept his place in the starting line-up, playing all eight of the league games under the Danish boss, while already returning three assists.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have been dealt a blow with Christiansen confirming 23-year-old will miss Ipswich clash.