This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
It is looking increasingly likely that Kieran Lee may depart Sheffield Wednesday this summer, with the midfielder out of contract and no sign of any fresh terms being offered.
The 32-year-old has struggled with injuries during his time at Hillsborough, though when he has played, he’s been an instrumental figure in the middle of the Owls’ midfield.
With Lee edging closer to becoming a free agent, should any EFL sides be taking a look at the player with his Sheffield Wednesday exit looking imminent? If so, who and why?
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I think some Championship side should take a gamble on him for sure.
He’s still 32 years old so he will definitely feel like he has a lot to offer having made 30 appearances across all competitions this term, and given that he is a vastly experienced player, he could play anywhere in central midfield, whether that be slightly deeper or in a more advanced role.
I still think he could do a job in midfield, perhaps Middlesbrough should be looking at his services, as the likes of Paddy McNair and George Saville face uncertain futures at the Riverside, and they lack depth in the middle of the park.
Wigan are also going to be looking at coming back to League One at the first time of asking, and given their current financial situation, it could be a shrewd move to bring him on a free transfer, as he would offer real experience in the middle of the park with Sam Morsy’s future up in the air.
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Kieran Lee would be a great addition for several clubs at Championship level, but I would say Rotherham United would be the best fit due to his combative style of play.
The Millers will be seeking to acquire new players at affordable prices to supplement their existing squad and as a result I think a move for Lee would really appeal to them.
A physical and domineering presence in the centre of the park, Lee would add some much needed second tier experience to a Rotherham side that will no doubt be seeking to avoid relegation next term.
Given that he is available on a free transfer and probably more keen to stay up north as opposed to moving to a club in the south, this move would certainly suit both parties.
The injuries that Lee has suffered over the years is something that’s going to be so concerning for anyone looking to take a chance on the midfielder.
Undoubtedly, he’s a big, big player when he’s fully fit and firing, but that’s not been regular enough.
I can see the benefit of a promoted side taking a look at him, or one of those clubs that have survived by the skin of their teeth this season.
However, there’s plenty of red flags when it comes to fitness and money, so any attempt to sign the midfielder will need considering carefully.