A number of Sheffield Wednesday supporters have been bemoaning the contribution of defender Tom Lees following the Owls’ latest setback in their 2-0 defeat at home to Swansea City on Tuesday.
Darren Moore’s side headed into the game knowing they needed to get back to winning ways and respond to their 4-1 defeat at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. However, against promotion-chasing Swansea, the Owls ended up on the wrong side of the margins with a couple of crucial individual mistakes proving to be the difference between the two sides.
One player who endured a difficult evening was Lees, who was responsible for the Owls conceding the opening goal when he was allowed Barry Bannan’s pass to go across his body and Andre Ayew stole possession from him and set up Jamal Lowe. It was the sort of mistake that Sheffield Wednesday could not afford to make and gifted their opponents a crucial lead.
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Lees did keep going and did not let his head drop, and he managed to make five clearances and two interceptions as well as winning all six aerial duels he contested (Sofascore). However, he gave the ball away 14 times and that shows that he is just not suited to how Moore is wanting the Owls to play in terms of building the play out from the back at times.
Many Sheffield Wednesday fans were suggesting that Lees just does not have the ability to play that way and that if that is the approach going forwards he might have to leave.
Here, we take a look at some of the best reactions on social media…
I’m a Tom Lees fan and for most part this season I think he’s defended well BUT it’s clear Moore wants to play out from the back and Tom just can’t do that so it’s best to part ways. He’s a proper head and kick it defender. Great servant imo! #swfc
— Liam Hopkinson (@hoppo_swfc) April 13, 2021
Honestly, the amount of goals Tom Lees has cost us since Loovens left is far more than wildsmith and Dawson combined. #SWFC
— Steve Clay (@StevieClay) April 13, 2021
Can’t wait for Tom Lees to go with all the deadwood as we go down to league one. #swfc 🦉
— Thomas Bowers (@Theowls94) April 13, 2021
Schoolboy errors Lees, Börner, Reach, Palmer the list is endless #swfc
— super0wl (@super0wl) April 13, 2021
With the ball at their feet Borner and Lees must be the poorest pairing in this league #swfc
— Mike Andrews (@mja_owl) April 13, 2021
Tom Lees thinking he can play football again 😅 head it and kick it that’s your job simple don’t try and play football from the back painful viewing! #swfc
— jamie roper (@Jamieroper3) April 13, 2021
Can’t be surprised by that if your asking players like Tom Lees (who I like btw) to play out from the back. He can’t do it, simples. Have to stick with it #SWFC
— Andrew Fox (@Afoxich) April 13, 2021
Tom Lees has been a huge part of our decline. Zero pace, poor distribution and absolutely horrendous with the ball at his feet #swfc
— Jonny Rep (@TrapitJon) April 13, 2021