AFC Bournemouth: O'Kane wants Premier dream to be with Cherries

TOP PERFORMER: Eunan O'Kane

TOP PERFORMER: Eunan O'Kane

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

CHERRIES’ man of the moment Eunan O’Kane says he is desperate to realise his Premier League dream – during his time at Dean Court.

Midfield maestro O’Kane has shot to prominence this season after turning in a succession of eye-catching displays for Eddie Howe’s men.

The 23-year-old Irishman again starred when he took centre stage during Cherries’ FA Cup showdown with top-flight big guns Liverpool on Saturday.

O’Kane revelled under the gaze of the ITV cameras and more than held his own against a Reds team which was skippered by England captain Steven Gerrard.

His impressive form has already seen him linked with a host of Premier League and Championship clubs with Aston Villa, Norwich, Swansea and Fulham understood to be among his admirers.

However, O’Kane, who has 18 months to run on his current contract, is keen to repay the faith shown by boss Howe and wants to help Cherries continue on an upward spiral.

O’Kane, a bargain £175,000 buy from Torquay in July 2013, told the Daily Echo: “I didn’t feel overly out of my depth against Liverpool and it was a great experience to face a top quality team.

“Their side was packed with very good players and in no way am I suggesting I am ready to play at that level. That would be something for other people to decide, not me.

“I am no different to any other player and it is where I want to get to. Hopefully, at some stage in my career, I will get the chance to play against that calibre of player on a regular basis.

“Ultimately, I would like that to be with Bournemouth. I think everything is set up here for us to go places and I know the chairman, the manager and the players want to get there.

“We saw that earlier this month because the club made a big statement in keeping Lewis Grabban. Brighton are a big club in the Championship and you could say they are a few steps ahead of us in terms of being ready to go up with their stadium and infrastructure. The board and manager here made their intentions perfectly clear by persuading him to stay.

“There is no reason why I would want to leave here.”

O’Kane, whose exploits against Liverpool were seen by Republic of Ireland assistant boss Roy Keane in his capacity as an ITV panellist, will be hoping to earn his first full international cap should he win a call up for a friendly against Serbia in Dublin in March.

“You always look to impress and to do your best in every game,” said O’Kane. “It would be an honour to one day represent the Republic of Ireland.”

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7:10am Tue 28 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says...

You will represent your Country and you will play in the premiership , there absolutely no doubt !
You will represent your Country and you will play in the premiership , there absolutely no doubt ! cheeriedriteup
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7:51am Tue 28 Jan 14

cherrychris75 says...

I will admit I didn't see the value in o'kane when he joined. But Eddie and Jason have turned him into a class act. He has everything and I didn't listen to Roy Keane Saturday as I was in the ground, but eunan must have done himself so much good with his performance. Let's just hope the interest doesn't get to him, I think then he has the best manager to support that. Looking forward to having 6 Home points by Saturday evening. But boys tonight, shoot!
I will admit I didn't see the value in o'kane when he joined. But Eddie and Jason have turned him into a class act. He has everything and I didn't listen to Roy Keane Saturday as I was in the ground, but eunan must have done himself so much good with his performance. Let's just hope the interest doesn't get to him, I think then he has the best manager to support that. Looking forward to having 6 Home points by Saturday evening. But boys tonight, shoot! cherrychris75
  • Score: 3

8:50am Tue 28 Jan 14

cereza hincha says...

It's often said that EH and AFCB are a natural fit for one another.....but I believe it doesn't end there. Imo it's this combination of club and manager which provides the environment for a player to shine and I'd bet my Liverpool programme that Eunan would not have progressed as far and as quickly as he has without this club and this manager. Tamper with that recipe and the shine can easily fade. Our recent past is littered with examples of where this is true (Bartley, Robinson, Pitman) and it's also why some players can't get a foot in the door (Jalal, Harte, McDermott, Addison, Fogden etc). As they say, choose your path carefully because you could just end up where you're heading.
It's often said that EH and AFCB are a natural fit for one another.....but I believe it doesn't end there. Imo it's this combination of club and manager which provides the environment for a player to shine and I'd bet my Liverpool programme that Eunan would not have progressed as far and as quickly as he has without this club and this manager. Tamper with that recipe and the shine can easily fade. Our recent past is littered with examples of where this is true (Bartley, Robinson, Pitman) and it's also why some players can't get a foot in the door (Jalal, Harte, McDermott, Addison, Fogden etc). As they say, choose your path carefully because you could just end up where you're heading. cereza hincha
  • Score: 2

8:57am Tue 28 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says...

cereza hincha wrote:
It's often said that EH and AFCB are a natural fit for one another.....but I believe it doesn't end there. Imo it's this combination of club and manager which provides the environment for a player to shine and I'd bet my Liverpool programme that Eunan would not have progressed as far and as quickly as he has without this club and this manager. Tamper with that recipe and the shine can easily fade. Our recent past is littered with examples of where this is true (Bartley, Robinson, Pitman) and it's also why some players can't get a foot in the door (Jalal, Harte, McDermott, Addison, Fogden etc). As they say, choose your path carefully because you could just end up where you're heading.
This is a good post, it goes without saying that a major ingredient is respect in the changing room, this was lost during Mitchell's reign because he assumed that the changing room was his area, does anyone else feel that Ritchie has been a little quiet for three games ?
[quote][p][bold]cereza hincha[/bold] wrote: It's often said that EH and AFCB are a natural fit for one another.....but I believe it doesn't end there. Imo it's this combination of club and manager which provides the environment for a player to shine and I'd bet my Liverpool programme that Eunan would not have progressed as far and as quickly as he has without this club and this manager. Tamper with that recipe and the shine can easily fade. Our recent past is littered with examples of where this is true (Bartley, Robinson, Pitman) and it's also why some players can't get a foot in the door (Jalal, Harte, McDermott, Addison, Fogden etc). As they say, choose your path carefully because you could just end up where you're heading.[/p][/quote]This is a good post, it goes without saying that a major ingredient is respect in the changing room, this was lost during Mitchell's reign because he assumed that the changing room was his area, does anyone else feel that Ritchie has been a little quiet for three games ? cheeriedriteup
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9:26am Tue 28 Jan 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

^ & ^^^
Yes I do think that Ritchie has lost a bit of fizz recently afeter an amazing comeback, hope he ramps up his performances again as he's almost un-playable when on top form.

As for Roy Keane on Eunan. Well Roy didn't have very much enthusiastic to say about Eunan or Harry, but he is that kind of bloke (i.e. a miserable t0sser!) but both of their performances speak for themselves so who needs words from Keane, though a bit of encouragement wouldn't go amiss eh Roy!!
^ & ^^^ Yes I do think that Ritchie has lost a bit of fizz recently afeter an amazing comeback, hope he ramps up his performances again as he's almost un-playable when on top form. As for Roy Keane on Eunan. Well Roy didn't have very much enthusiastic to say about Eunan or Harry, but he is that kind of bloke (i.e. a miserable t0sser!) but both of their performances speak for themselves so who needs words from Keane, though a bit of encouragement wouldn't go amiss eh Roy!! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 2

10:08am Tue 28 Jan 14

ianbthomson says...

He is a fantastic player who has a very bright future. He is a joy to watch and his game has come on superbly in the past 12 months
He is a fantastic player who has a very bright future. He is a joy to watch and his game has come on superbly in the past 12 months ianbthomson
  • Score: 3

11:50am Tue 28 Jan 14

ASM says...

I remember Matt Holland becoming an ever present for Ireland and playing so well in the world cup for them. Matt Holland made his name for himself at Ipswich whilst in the championship, there is no reason why O'kane who is improving all the time can't do the same.
I remember Matt Holland becoming an ever present for Ireland and playing so well in the world cup for them. Matt Holland made his name for himself at Ipswich whilst in the championship, there is no reason why O'kane who is improving all the time can't do the same. ASM
  • Score: 1

4:32pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Edd12 says...

Here we go...

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Here we go... http://www.birmingha mmail.co.uk/sport/fo otball/transfer-news /aston-villa-transfe r-news-rumour-663649 7 Edd12
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