Sheffield Wednesday suffered a 3-1 defeat to Derby County on Saturday afternoon and Tom Lees was one of many players slaughtered by supporters for his performance.
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The 29-year-old made numerous errors throughout the encounter at Hillsborough and was eventually hooked at half-time by Garry Monk – Dominic Iorfa replaced him.
For Derby’s first goal, Lees didn’t get tight enough to Chris Martin and allowed him to bring down a cross and lay the ball off to Tom Lawrence for a shot at goal. His effort deflected off the Wednesday centre-back and beat Cameron Dawson.
For their second goal, Lees was tackled by Martin in his own half and the Derby striker squared the ball for Lawrence to finish into the far corner. Derby could have scored four when Lees failed to control a clearance and mishit a backpass, but he recovered to block Martyn Waghorn’s shot.
My thoughts on yesterday now I’ve calmed down. Tom Lees is awful, only ever been any good when at the side of another leader Loovens/Hector, Harris is the reincarnation of JJ just speed with no end product, Bannan just runs around in circles flapping his arms about 1)
— Howey (@howeybaby) March 1, 2020
A plea about Tom Lees. His form is absolutely horrific. But:
1) He’s been a really good player for us for most of his 4 years
2) His confidence is obviously absolutely shot. It’s not a lack of effort
3) No amount of us slaughtering him is going to improve his confidence
— Steve Chu (@stevechu75) March 1, 2020
1. Does Lees need dropping – Yes.
2. Is his confidence low – Yes.
3. Has he been a loyal servant to our club for 4 years – Yes.
4. Was he bargain by paying a nominal – Yes.
Just think how crucial number 3 and 4 are in the modern game and in particular at #swfc
— Vital Wednesday (@VitalWednesday) March 1, 2020
Tom Lees been a excellent signing and player but his best days for us are long gone,awful mistake yest and he’s no captain,another player been here too long and too comfortable #swfc
— RETRO WEDNESDAY (@WednesdayRetro) March 1, 2020
Windass Fletch & Murphy about the only ones to come out of yesterdays game with any credit
Bannan Lees Fessi were shameful given how long they’ve been at the club #swfc
— TF (@TheTF27) March 1, 2020
I just think Lees has very fragile confidence, which is why he should never have been made captain. When things don’t go his way he just sinks. He needs to look at Morgan Fox, we can say what we like about his ability but we can’t doubt his mentality.
— Andrew Gardner (@AndyJGard) March 1, 2020
It was a miserable showing over 45 minutes and may lead to Monk dropping the 29-year-old for Wednesday’s FA Cup fourth round clash with Manchester City. Lees clearly needs taking out of the spotlight he was short of confidence on Saturday, so Iorfa could return at centre-back alongside Julian Borner.