Will Conor Shaughnessy's midfield emergence force Eunan O'Kane to up his game at Leeds?

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

The Leeds United youngster finally got a chance in his natural position.

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

While Conor Shaughnessy has been given chances at Leeds United this season, he had to wait until last weekend to get a run-out in his preferred midfield position.

After initially showing what he can do at centre-back, the 21-year-old came off the bench for the last 32 minutes of Leeds' 2-0 win against Barnsley and he did not disappoint.

Islam Slimani of Leicester City and Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United in action during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium...

In fact, he showed just what a composed and talented player he is and it will  be interesting to see what Shaughnessy's emergence could mean for his Leeds teammate Eunan O'Kane.

After all, the Republic of Ireland international has struggled for regular starts in recent weeks, with Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips starting more often than not, and O'Kane will not want yet another talented youngster forcing him even further down the pecking order.

Tom Lawrence of Derby County battles for the ball with Eunan O'Kane of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on October 31,...

Shaughnessy came on for O'Kane on Saturday, with Vieira suspended, and on that evidence it will not be long before the former is starting games in the middle of the park for Leeds.

O'Kane has only had a bit-part role in recent weeks, having previously made a starting spot his own, and he should now use the challenge of Shaughnessy as a catalyst to prove to Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen that he deserves more chances, not less, with the games coming thick and fast.

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