Eunan O'Kane does not deserve his prolonged spell on the Leeds United bench

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

The Leeds United midfielder is better - and more important - than his critics would have us believe.

Leeds' Eunan O'Kane walks off dejected as he is substituted after sustaining an injury as Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp looks on

To some Leeds United fans, Eunan O’Kane will always be overrated and undeserving of a starting spot ahead of Ronaldo Vieira or Liam Bridcutt, but in truth the summer signing does not deserve his prolonged spell on the substitutes’ bench.

O’Kane has watched from the side-lines as Leeds have crashed to defeats against Reading, Brentford and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and whatever you think of the player the Whites appear to be better off with him in their starting XI.

He would certainly do a better job than the woefully out of sorts Bridcutt, who has struggled game after game and yet still finds himself kicking off the proceeding encounter.

In truth it should be O’Kane and Vieira that start the vital clash against Burton Albion this weekend.

Leeds cannot afford any more defeats and, whatever Fulham do between now and the end of the season, the Whites simply have to win their remaining fixtures.

O’Kane has been an unsung hero for Leeds this season and he may well be sitting on the bench wondering where it all went wrong.

Controversially, it may have gone wrong for Leeds just when they dropped a player some fans love but others have never warmed to.

Blackburn's Martin Samuelsen and Leeds' Eunan O'Kane in action

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