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“Very good” – A lot of fans laud “solid” £2.5m man who is “class” and “brilliant

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Sheffield Wednesday played out a goalless draw with Huddersfield Town on Tuesday and Tom Lees put in a good performance to garner praise from supporters. The 29-year-old started alongside Julian Borner and Dominic Iorfa at centre-back and looked at his best at Hillsborough, keeping Town at bay for 90 minutes. Lees helped limit the Terriers to only one shot on target and has now led Wednesday to consecutive clean sheets.

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Against Huddersfield, Lees had 42 touches, won five aerial duels, completed 69.2% of his 26 passes, had one shot, attempted five long balls with 60% accuracy, made two tackles, blocked one shot, made nine clearances and made three interceptions.

The 29-year-old has made 28 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring two goals, but he’s been short of playing time since football returned in England.

Lees was an unused substitute in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest (June 20) and in their 2-1 win over Bristol City (June 28) before being left out of the matchday squad in the 3-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion (July 1), 2-1 defeat to Swansea City (July 5) and 3-1 defeat to Preston North End (July 8).

The £2.52m-rated defender returned in the 3-0 win over Queens Park Rangers (July 11) and win over Huddersfield, so he should start when Wednesday lock horns with Fulham on Saturday.

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