Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen's decision to start Eunan O'Kane only highlighting Garry Monk's error

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

Leeds United won their opening match of the season 3-2 against Bolton Wanderers.

Eunan O’Kane’s performance against Bolton Wanderers only goes to highlight that error that Garry Monk made by not picking the midfielder for Leeds United last season.

O’Kane started just two of Leeds’ final 11 matches of last term, as the Whites slipped out of the play offs.

Michael Mancienne of Nottingham Forest closes down Eunan O'Kane of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on January...

And the Republic of Ireland international’s importance to Leeds’ team was highlighted yesterday, as he put in a brilliant display against Bolton.

The diminutive midfielder was in fine form, alongside Kalvin Phillips, as Leeds picked up a 3-2 victory at the Macron Stadium.

O’Kane’s composure and passing ability allowed Leeds to get a strangle hold on the match, and win the midfield battle.

It was those qualities which Leeds lacked badly towards the end of last campaign, as they slipped out of the top six.

And Thomas Christiansen’s decision to promote O’Kane into his starting line-up is already starting to highlight Monk’s mistake.

O’Kane will now be looking to hold down his place in Leeds’ team, amid fierce competition, and more performances of the standard that he put in against Bolton should help his cause.

Eunan O'Kane of Leeds United is tackled by Che Adams of Birmingham City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Leeds United at St Andrews (stadium) on March 3,...

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