The ex-Whites club captain did leave Norwich City, but it was former Leeds boss Garry Monk who swooped to make him his first signing at Middlesbrough for a fee of around £5 million.
But looking at Howson's early season performances so far, he is yet to click into gear.
O'Kane is stronger in nearly every major category, with both players making 10 appearances for their clubs.
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O'Kane clearly needs to work on his shooting, as he has not recorded any shots on target this season, but that isn't necessarily his role, nor is it Howson's.
The Leeds man has provided three assists to Howson's none, has been more involved, and better at winning the ball back.
Howson is a talented midfielder as Leeds well know from his time at Elland Road, but O'Kane is proving the club correct in not splashing out for his signature.