Marcelo Bielsa’s overhaul of the Leeds United squad is set to continue deep into the window, after telling Caleb Ekuban and Eunan O’Kane they can leave the club.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay posted on Twitter this morning that Leeds United duo Caleb Ekuban and Eunan O’Kane can depart the club.
The pair have been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Marcelo Bielsa, after United have signed forward and midfield reinforcements. They announced the signing of striker Patrick Bamford from Championship rivals Middlesbrough three days ago for a fee of £7m, potentially rising to £10m.
The Whites have also brought in midfielder Lewis Baker on loan from Chelsea.
Ekuban has failed to make an impact at Elland Road since joining last season from Chievo Verona. The 24-year-old played 21 times for Leeds, but only scored twice. The striker struggled with the step up to the Championship, after spending most of his career on loan in the Italian lower leagues.
O’Kane joined from AFC Bournemouth in 2016 after four years with the Cherries. The Irishman has made 56 appearances in two years at Elland Road, but is set to depart this window. Rumours persisting about the midfielder’s future with Leeds United were answered, when he wasn’t given a shirt number. He played 32 times in the Championship last season, but only featured in three minutes of the last 6 games of the season.
The departures will open up space for new more new signings at Elland Road, and the players aren’t going to leave any Leeds fans heartbroken.