Tom Lees: Why I left Leeds United for Sheffield Wednesday

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Tom Lees left Leeds United to join Sheffield Wednesday and has not looked back.

Tom Lees looks like a player reborn at Sheffield Wednesday, after his summer move from Leeds United.

The former England under-21 international defender had a disappointing 2013/14 and there were mixed views when he departed.

He has recaptured his best form, and has just been named Wednesday's player of the month for November.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield  this week, he discussed his summer move: "My first few seasons I never really had any setbacks. I was flying.

"I had a difficult year. It wasn't just me, a lot had the same, it was a difficult year at the club. Tough times, in a team which was very inconsistent."

"I felt at this point in my career I needed to have a change, to come to Sheffield and focus fully on my football, to work with a manager who could get the best out of me.

"I'm enjoying my football at the moment. I'm coming here to really kick on. I've been fairly consistent and hopefully can keep that going."

Lees sounds like he began to become quite affected by last season's malaise at Leeds, and believes his own form was part of the wider problem at the club. 

His comment that he wanted to move to Wednesday to 'focus on his football', shows that he may well have seen the external comings and goings at boardroom and managerial level at Elland Road as a distraction. Some players are able to block this out, but Lees clearly felt a change was necessary.

He added how Owls boss Stuart Gray had another take on his dip in form at Leeds, adding: "He thought I've never had a settled partner at the back, a four really, through my career it's been chopped about."

Lees went onto add that he feels he is benefiting from playing regularly alongside experience Glenn Loovens at Wednesday.

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