The long-awaited answer to the Leeds conundrum that is Eunan O’Kane is finally set to be answered. The castaway midfielder surely looks set to leave the Yorkshire outfit next summer upon the expiry of his contract.
After joining the Whites in 2016 and making a total of 58 appearances, the 30-year-old has been dropped completely from the senior squad. But he hasn’t just struggled for game time at Leeds. O’Kane hasn’t played a single minute of football since the 2018/19 season. Thankfully for Andrea Radrizzani, there’s just over six months left until he can be shown the exit.
The Irishman’s situation is extremely odd and it’s one that the board at Leeds will be looking forward to getting off their plate. O’Kane has played just four times in his last three years, which amounts to rinsing Radrizzani of £507,000 per appearance.
This is broken down from his annual wage of £676,000, meaning he has pocketed a handsome £2million from playing four measly games of football in the last three years – none of which he even started (via Transfermarkt).
These appearances came whilst on loan at Luton Town, where he is still currently at. However, he suffered a fractured leg back in 2018 and it seems he has been left on the shelf ever since his injury. If O’Kane cannot break into a Championship side as a senior international player, then his chances of becoming even a back-up option under Marcelo Bielsa are near impossible.
Leeds are constantly adapting and are grinding hard to ensure they keep their spot in the Premier League next season. With no talks of a contract extension and not a single minute under his belt since 2018, O’Kane will be looking for a new club to join once the summer transfer rolls around.
He was signed for a reported £450,000 from Bournemouth, which only adds to the thousands upon thousands Radrizzani has seen go down the drain by keeping him at the club.