Many Sheffield Wednesday supporters have been bemoaning the performance of Tom Lees and suggesting that his place in the side should be under threat, following the Owls’ 1-0 defeat at Luton Town.
Garry Monk elected to change his formation to 3-5-2 for the trip to Luton in a bid to try and get the Owls back on track following a run of just one win in seven Championship matches, which meant that Lees was moved to the right-hand side of a back three alongside Dominic Iorfa and Julian Borner.
That tactical change, though, did not pay off for the Owls, who for large parts of the game looked uncomfortable in that set up, and Lees was one player who struggled to adapt to his role on the right-hand side of their defence throughout the game against Luton.
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Lees got off to the worst possible start to the game, with the defender involved in a tangle with Luton’s Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu inside the penalty area in the opening 30 seconds of the game, which led to the hosts being awarded a first minute spot kick, but he was somewhat bailed out by James Collins hitting the woodwork from the penalty spot.
The defender, though, never really managed to recover from that poor start to the game and looked to be lacking in confidence throughout the ninety minutes, and he could not help the Owls record a clean sheet, with Collins making amends for his earlier penalty miss by scoring the only goal of the game on 23 minutes.
Here then, we take a look at what Sheffield Wednesday supporters made of Lees’ performance against Luton on social media…
Shambolic performance that! Couldn’t put 3-4 passes together, didn’t create any decent chances , wayward passing, slack marking and not tracking runners, Lees and Borner particularly bad …. awful , absolutely awful #swfc
— Rich Thorne (@thorney811) February 12, 2020
Bannan Lee Lees shouldn’t play the next game bring in Big O iorfa back to CB Lee out for Hunt (why you not) and Luongo on if he’s fit if not then idk anyone else #swfc
— Billy Johnson (@billyjohnson1o1) February 12, 2020
Bannan and Lees’ both passed it now. Awful #swfc
— Charlie (@charliepryce_) February 12, 2020
Can anyone name me a captain who was worse than Tom Lees? #SWFC
— Thomas Cousins (@cuz1989) February 12, 2020
Tom Lees really cannot play in a back 3. #swfc
— Craig Harrison 🦉 (@CTHarrison73) February 12, 2020
All lees does is give fouls away honestly get somone else in !!! #swfc
— Jacko (@JackWLA) February 12, 2020
Our defence was one of the good things about this team at beginning of season it was solid, both iorfa and borner up for player of month every month, Tom Lees back in and defence and we’ve never looked as bad!! #swfc
— Adam Barker (@AdamBarker_) February 12, 2020
Completely overrun in midfield. Tom Lees shoehorned into the team again & a ball that our forwards can’t pass or control? Urog borner Iorfa Palmer should be back 4. Lees should be on the bench for me . At best #swfc
— Glen SWFC B (@growlers6) February 12, 2020