Eunan O’Kane has never been the most universally popular member of Leeds United’s squad.
Arriving at Elland Road from Bournemouth on transfer deadline day last summer, the Republic of Ireland international midfielder didn’t exactly set the world alight in his debut season in West Yorkshire.
With niggling injuries hampering his progress, O’Kane started just 20 Championship games with manager Garry Monk preferring the leadership of Liam Bridcutt and the youthful exuberance of Ronaldo Vieira in the centre of the park.
O'Kane is facing an uncertain future at Leeds
And if he had slipped down the pecking order last season, Leeds’ transfer activity this summer hasn’t exactly boosted his chances of forcing his way into successor Thomas Christiansen’s first-team plans.
Because Leeds now have a more stylish, more creative central midfielder in the shape of Mateusz Klich. The Polish international arrived from FC Twente this summer on the back of a fine season in the Eredivisie, scoring six goals and producing eight assists from the centre of the park.
And if O’Kane’s energetic scrapping made him a little too similar to Bridcutt and Vieira, Klich could be the kind of progressive midfielder that could add more balance to a hitherto pragmatic Leeds midfield.
Therefore, with HITC sources telling us that Wolves are interested in offering him a route out of Elland Road this summer, it would be no surprise if Leeds were to accept their offer.
O’Kane could also benefit from an exit, with the departure of George Saville opening up a place in Nuno Espirito Santo’s midfield for a competent and hard-working ball-player.
It’s no slight on O’Kane to suggest that he may now be expendable at Leeds. It’s merely a question of style rather than quality.