According to Yorkshire Live, Tom Lees could leave Sheffield Wednesday over the summer after struggling for consistency this season. The Owls ‘may opt to try and cash in’ on the 29-year-old as he’s been short of form and only has one year remaining on his contract.
Yorkshire Live say this summer is Wednesday’s last chance to get maximum value from Lees’ sale, so a move could be on the cards otherwise they risk losing him for nothing next year.
The centre-back has spent six years at Hillsborough since joining from Leeds United and has gone on to make 231 appearances in all competitions. Lees has been fallible this season, however, and may not be in line for a new deal as a result.
The 29-year-old has been guilty of making errors leading to goals while putting in below-par performances, so Garry Monk may be losing his patience with him.
Wednesday have the second-worst defensive record in the Championship since the turn of the year (24) – only Hull City (29) have conceded more goals and Lees has unwittingly played his part in the Owls’ demise.
Monk could bring in a number of centre-backs ahead of next season to bolster the backline, as he’s short on cover with only Dominic Iorfa, Julian Borner and Lees at his disposal.
David Bates was signed on loan from Hamburg to compete for a starting place, but he’s spent the campaign on the periphery and hasn’t made an appearance since August.
Wednesday need to upgrade in defence but aren’t blessed with a lot of money in which to strengthen, so they’ll have to be shrewd in the transfer market.