Marcelo Bielsa shows Eunan O'Kane the door
Marcelo Bielsa shows Eunan O'Kane the door
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Marcelo Bielsa shows Eunan O'Kane the door

Leeds United midfielder Eunan O’Kane  has reportedly been given his marching orders by Marcelo Bielsa due to his 'average technique.'

O' Kane had been a regular starter at the club for two years before Marcelo Bielsa arrived last summer.

The 28-year-old was shipped out on loan to Luton but his season ended in September when he suffered a broken leg.

The Republic of Ireland international is nearing full fitness and will be keen to make an impression in pre-season.

But that’s unlikely to be at Leeds after he was told he’s not in their plans.

According to Football Insider, Bielsa doesn’t think O’Kane fits into possession-based philosophy.

Coaches at the club think he has ‘average technique’ and Bielsa is looking to sell him ahead of next season.

O’Kane has two years remaining on his deal at Elland Road and club chiefs feel they can get a reasonable fee for the 28-year-old.

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The transfer revelation comes amid news that O’Kane might not be the only departure from Leeds after it emerged that goalkeeper Kiko Casilla could be on his way out.

But former striker Noel Whelan has urged Bielsa not to give up on the former Real Madrid man.

“On one side, he’s a bit of a freak in the way he rushes out of goal and the risks he takes,” he told Football Insider.

“But to sign him on a four-and-a-half year contract in January and then let him go six months later makes no sense.

“If you commit to a club, then you should properly commit, and it’s the same from a club’s point of view.

“I know Casilla is a bit erratic but the Championship is a learning curve and you have to learn the division.

“Give him a bit of time. There is time to get better. Yes, he was a let-down in the playoffs against Derby, but that can be ironed out in time and during pre-season.

“Casilla has come from a huge club and to say he is not the answer is just too premature. Unless you have £25m to find a top goalkeeper, you have to work with what you’ve got. You can’t just be rushing to sell players.”

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