Quick links


Neil Redfearn praises Luke Ayling and Eunan O'Kane

Leeds United care-taker Manger Neil Redfearn looks on at the start of the Sky Bet Championship match between AFC Bournemouth and Leeds United at Goldsands Stadium on September 16, 2014 in...

Neil Redfearn is a big fan of the Leeds United duo.

Eunan O'Kane of Leeds United and Charlie Mulgrew during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United at Ewood Park on February 1, 2017 in Blackburn, England

Neil Redfearn has told Radio Yorkshire that Luke Ayling and Eunan O'Kane are boring but effective footballers for Leeds United.

Ever-present Ayling is one of the best and most consistent right-backs in the Championship, clocking 53 league starts out of a possible 57 since joining the Whites in a bargain £750,000 deal from Bristol City under Garry Monk.

Midfielder O'Kane also joined United during Monk's reign but the Irishman has really come into his own this season following an up-and-down campaign under the young manager last time around.

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...

They have both started every Championship game for Leeds this season as Thomas Christiansen's side sit fifth in the second tier and three points off an automatic promotion spot.

Former Whites boss Redfearn says that both of their respective contributions to the cause can easily go unnoticed, but he is fully aware of their importance.

“It might be boring but I see what they give the side and I know what they are about and I know their importance to Leeds United," he told Radio Yorkshire.

Luke Ayling and Souleymane Doukara of Leeds United congratulate each other after the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25,...

“One is Luke Ayling, who I think is a minimum seven every week and the other one is Eunan O’Kane.

“They do all the stuff to let the good stuff happen and sometimes it goes unnoticed but it doesn’t go unnoticed by me. I watch them on Saturdays and I see the same standard every week and they are good professionals.”

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch