Eunan O'Kane gives insight into what Leeds United can expect from new signing

Leeds United's Eunan O'Kane. 
PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Leeds United's Eunan O'Kane. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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LEEDS United midfielder Eunan O’Kane says Dutch striker Jay-Roy Grot has settled quickly into his new surroundings at Elland Road.

Grot joined Leeds from NEC Nijmegan last Thursday for an initial £750,000 and the six-foot-four teenager made a quick debut two days later as a second-half substitute in United’s 2-0 triumph at Nottingham Forest. Centre midfielder O’Kane looked on as the 19-year-old replaced Pablo Hernandez to fulfil the lone striker role as Kemar Roofe was switched to the wing.

Leeds United's Jay-Roy Grot made his presence felt on debut at Nottingham Forest. PIC: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Leeds United's Jay-Roy Grot made his presence felt on debut at Nottingham Forest. PIC: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

And O’Kane has been impressed by the new Dutch recruit whose frame and stature belies his teenage years.

“He’s good,” said O’Kane.

“He was an absolute handful when he came on – as you probably saw.

“He’s very strong, is an athlete and seems to have fitted into the group well early on.”

Kemar Roofe. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Kemar Roofe. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

O’Kane also believes that Roofe received a huge boost through netting a brilliant hat-trick in last week’s 5-1 defeat of League Two visitors Newport County in the second round Carabao Cup clash at Eland Road.

“Kemar has done really well,” said O’Kane.

“He’s not played for Leeds much up front.

“He got his hat-trick mid-week and that did him the world of good and then he’s popped up again.”

O’Kane is now back with Leeds having pulled out of the Republic of Ireland squad with an ongoing groin problem.

The 27-year-old was due to represent his country in World Cup qualifiers against Georgia next Saturday and against Serbia on Tuesday, September 5.

The midfielder reported into camp with the rest of the Ireland team but has since returned to Leeds due to his ongoing complaint.

O’Kane was troubled by the same injury during his first season at Leeds but the midfielder has began the new campaign in brilliant form, playing every single minute of all five of United’s league games so far.

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