Tom Lees starred as Sheffield Wednesday returned to winning ways over the weekend, beating Charlton Athletic 3-1 at the Valley. The Owls picked up their first Championship win in six games and supporters credited Lees for keeping Charlton at bay.
The 29-year-old came in for the suspended Julian Borner, starting alongside Dominic Iorfa at centre-back, and impressed over the 90 minutes. Borner may struggle getting back into the side based on Lees’ latest performance. Charton registered just two shots on target at home, one of which was a header from the edge of the area.
Tom Lees has been class so far #swfc
— Adam Thompson (@adam7485) November 30, 2019
Tom Lees has been Tom Lees from 3 years ago today looked sharp won his battles. 3 good centre halves it seems. #swfc
— 𝙉𝙚𝙞𝙡 𝙋𝙖𝙧𝙠 (@NeilParkLIVE) November 30, 2019
Tom Lees has been outstanding today. #swfc
— Danny Blood (@dannyswfc) November 30, 2019
Iorfa class again, Tom Lees proper leader #swfc
— Louis🦉 (@louisjpryce) November 30, 2019
— Rich Hargreaves (@rkhargreaves) November 30, 2019
Because he's English and called Tom Lees he won't get the credit Borner does but I appreciated Tom Lees in that last 15 minutes. Cleared everything. Good to have our captain back and we didn't concede near the end for once #swfc
— RocketOwl (@RocketOwl1986) November 30, 2019
Against the Addicks, Lees made 56 touches, won four aerial duels, made two tackles, drew one foul, made 11 clearances and made 41 passes. It was only the skipper’s third outing for Wednesday since August but he didn’t show any signs of rust.
The 29-year-old had been out of action for three months before returning to the squad in early-November. He started in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City (November 9) and came off the bench in their 1-1 draw with Birmingham City (November 27) before starting against Charton.
Garry Monk may have a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Brentford.