AFC Bournemouth: Howe lauds O'Kane's tactical nous

Bournemouth Echo: INTELLIGENT: Eunan O'Kane INTELLIGENT: Eunan O'Kane

MANAGER Eddie Howe hailed the intelligence of Eunan O’Kane and said Cherries were reaping the benefits of the midfielder’s astute tactical mind.

The 23-year-old has emerged as a stand-out performer in recent weeks by producing a string of impressive displays in a role in front of the Cherries defence.

Deployed as a deeper-lying playmaker, O’Kane caught the eye when helping Cherries register back-to-back away wins over Reading and Sheffield Wednesday.

O’Kane operated in a similar position during his time as a trainee at Everton before being utilised in a more advanced midfield area with Torquay United.

After joining Cherries from Torquay in July 2012, O’Kane made 37 league appearances during the club’s promotion campaign and has since established himself as a first-team regular in the Championship this term.

Discussing O’Kane’s latest assignment, Howe told the Daily Echo: “In speaking to Eunan, he would say that is where he feels most comfortable.

“He played that role at Everton as a young lad coming through. He played next to Jack Rodwell and certainly enjoyed that role.

“At Torquay, he played slightly higher and, with us, we have tinkered with both. The beauty of Eunan is that he is very adaptable.

“He can play an attacking role and a defensive role because his understanding of the game is very good.

“He is one of the most intelligent players I have here in this squad in terms of his tactical understanding and that is a real benefit for us.

“He has got many strings to his bow. He is defensively good, everyone can see how technically good he is on the ball and he is someone who has improved as the season has gone on. I am really pleased with him.”

When asked about O’Kane’s tactical nous, Howe added: “It is impressive. That is what separates Eunan from a lot of players and gives him an opportunity to go even further in the game.

“Eunan is one of the players who fits our philosophy perfectly and he is one of our drivers in midfield who really understands what we are trying to implement. He is also very brave on the ball, which is key in that position. I think he is progressing very well.”

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7:36am Tue 24 Dec 13

Fanfor45 says...

The great thing about our team at the moment is that while some of your favourites may not be in the team,others come along to quickly take their place. I have been an O'kane fan since the start but he is fast becoming a comple revelation. Personally i would love to see a team that has McDermott, Fogden, Fraser, Grabban AND O'kane appearing regularly because they run their socks off and have great talent. However, the balance of that side may not be the most effective as a team. All that aside it is a fantastic time to reap the riches of this period in Cherries history. Bring on Boxing Day!!
The great thing about our team at the moment is that while some of your favourites may not be in the team,others come along to quickly take their place. I have been an O'kane fan since the start but he is fast becoming a comple revelation. Personally i would love to see a team that has McDermott, Fogden, Fraser, Grabban AND O'kane appearing regularly because they run their socks off and have great talent. However, the balance of that side may not be the most effective as a team. All that aside it is a fantastic time to reap the riches of this period in Cherries history. Bring on Boxing Day!! Fanfor45

7:47am Tue 24 Dec 13

abc100 says...

Fanfor45 wrote:
The great thing about our team at the moment is that while some of your favourites may not be in the team,others come along to quickly take their place. I have been an O'kane fan since the start but he is fast becoming a comple revelation. Personally i would love to see a team that has McDermott, Fogden, Fraser, Grabban AND O'kane appearing regularly because they run their socks off and have great talent. However, the balance of that side may not be the most effective as a team. All that aside it is a fantastic time to reap the riches of this period in Cherries history. Bring on Boxing Day!!
I agree, the best players can't always make up the best team, it took okane a few games to find his way in league one but after that he was fantastic last season, it took him a while this season but again he has been great the last few weeks, he has so much energy and is a real box to box player, if only he and Arter could add a few more goals between them
[quote][p][bold]Fanfor45[/bold] wrote: The great thing about our team at the moment is that while some of your favourites may not be in the team,others come along to quickly take their place. I have been an O'kane fan since the start but he is fast becoming a comple revelation. Personally i would love to see a team that has McDermott, Fogden, Fraser, Grabban AND O'kane appearing regularly because they run their socks off and have great talent. However, the balance of that side may not be the most effective as a team. All that aside it is a fantastic time to reap the riches of this period in Cherries history. Bring on Boxing Day!![/p][/quote]I agree, the best players can't always make up the best team, it took okane a few games to find his way in league one but after that he was fantastic last season, it took him a while this season but again he has been great the last few weeks, he has so much energy and is a real box to box player, if only he and Arter could add a few more goals between them abc100

9:22am Tue 24 Dec 13

lionheart says...

Well played Eunan. In recent weeks your performances have been excellent. Keep them up and with Harry Arter the Republic of Ireland have a potential midfield duo.
Well played Eunan. In recent weeks your performances have been excellent. Keep them up and with Harry Arter the Republic of Ireland have a potential midfield duo. lionheart

10:20am Tue 24 Dec 13

Cherryfan says...

Very pleased with O'Kane's performances recently but slightly surprised its taken all this time to find this position in the team when historicallly its seems to have been his strongest before joining us. Long may his form continue.
Very pleased with O'Kane's performances recently but slightly surprised its taken all this time to find this position in the team when historicallly its seems to have been his strongest before joining us. Long may his form continue. Cherryfan

11:37am Tue 24 Dec 13

abc100 says...

Cherryfan wrote:
Very pleased with O'Kane's performances recently but slightly surprised its taken all this time to find this position in the team when historicallly its seems to have been his strongest before joining us. Long may his form continue.
Whenever I saw him for Torquay he always played further forward just behind the forwards, maybe in league two that was easier for him as he was a stand out player in that division
[quote][p][bold]Cherryfan[/bold] wrote: Very pleased with O'Kane's performances recently but slightly surprised its taken all this time to find this position in the team when historicallly its seems to have been his strongest before joining us. Long may his form continue.[/p][/quote]Whenever I saw him for Torquay he always played further forward just behind the forwards, maybe in league two that was easier for him as he was a stand out player in that division abc100

6:07pm Tue 24 Dec 13

big_afcb_fan says...

merry xmas to all bournemouth fans and bring on yeovil!!!
merry xmas to all bournemouth fans and bring on yeovil!!! big_afcb_fan

7:49pm Tue 24 Dec 13

dekayedcherry says...

Eunan O'kane has been outstanding in a midfield 5 against Reading and Sheffield Wednesday but if Eddie Howe reverts to 442 at home,who will drop to the bench Arter, Surman or O'kane ( difficult choice as all playing well at moment !!!).The only way to play 5 in midfield with a touch of 442 is for Rantie to play wide left pushing forward using his pace and close control to attack their defence. This may expose Daniels as TK may not be as good as a defensive cover as Fraser or Pugh.
Such are the dilemmas that Football managers face every week. Whatever formation EH chooses, good luck to him and the team against Yeovil on Boxing Day bringing a win and another 3pts. UTC
Eunan O'kane has been outstanding in a midfield 5 against Reading and Sheffield Wednesday but if Eddie Howe reverts to 442 at home,who will drop to the bench Arter, Surman or O'kane ( difficult choice as all playing well at moment !!!).The only way to play 5 in midfield with a touch of 442 is for Rantie to play wide left pushing forward using his pace and close control to attack their defence. This may expose Daniels as TK may not be as good as a defensive cover as Fraser or Pugh. Such are the dilemmas that Football managers face every week. Whatever formation EH chooses, good luck to him and the team against Yeovil on Boxing Day bringing a win and another 3pts. UTC dekayedcherry

10:01am Wed 25 Dec 13

abc100 says...

dekayedcherry wrote:
Eunan O'kane has been outstanding in a midfield 5 against Reading and Sheffield Wednesday but if Eddie Howe reverts to 442 at home,who will drop to the bench Arter, Surman or O'kane ( difficult choice as all playing well at moment !!!).The only way to play 5 in midfield with a touch of 442 is for Rantie to play wide left pushing forward using his pace and close control to attack their defence. This may expose Daniels as TK may not be as good as a defensive cover as Fraser or Pugh.
Such are the dilemmas that Football managers face every week. Whatever formation EH chooses, good luck to him and the team against Yeovil on Boxing Day bringing a win and another 3pts. UTC
One thing you can be sure of is that there is no chance of Arter being dropped and quite rightly so, first name on the team sheet
[quote][p][bold]dekayedcherry[/bold] wrote: Eunan O'kane has been outstanding in a midfield 5 against Reading and Sheffield Wednesday but if Eddie Howe reverts to 442 at home,who will drop to the bench Arter, Surman or O'kane ( difficult choice as all playing well at moment !!!).The only way to play 5 in midfield with a touch of 442 is for Rantie to play wide left pushing forward using his pace and close control to attack their defence. This may expose Daniels as TK may not be as good as a defensive cover as Fraser or Pugh. Such are the dilemmas that Football managers face every week. Whatever formation EH chooses, good luck to him and the team against Yeovil on Boxing Day bringing a win and another 3pts. UTC[/p][/quote]One thing you can be sure of is that there is no chance of Arter being dropped and quite rightly so, first name on the team sheet abc100

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