Better than Howson: Leeds United's O'Kane dominates £5m Middlesbrough star

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,...

Leeds United were linked with re-signing Jonny Howson before Middlesbrough swooped in.

 

Jonny Howson of Norwich City during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Southampton at Carrow Road stadium on January 2, 2016 in Norwich, England.

Leeds United had hoped to re-sign midfielder Jonny Howson this summer, with The Sun reporting in May that he was the club's number one summer target.

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.

Leeds United's own midfield maestro Eunan O'Kane has performed superbly, and has demonstrated why the Whites did not need to splash out on 29-year-old Howson at all.

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,...

O'Kane is stronger in nearly every major category, with both players making 10 appearances for their clubs.

  TeamPassing AccuracyWon TacklesInterceptionsBall RecoveriesTouchesShots On TargetAssistsGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Eunan O'Kane Leeds 81% 20 14 79 674 0 3 0 10 866
Jonny Howson Middlesbrough 79% 19 7 66 548 1 0 0 10 763

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.

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