Why Lees' sale cost Leeds the chance of having the ideal defence

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United decided to sell Tom Lees to Sheffield Wednesday last summer.

Leeds United could have been able to field a defence that Neil Redfearn may have considered ideal, had they not completed to sale of Tom Lees to Sheffield Wednesday this summer. 

Lees was allowed to leave Elland Road six months ago, but the club may be regretting this decision now. 

At Hillsborough, Lees has gone on to become one of the Owls' key players and he has proven just how talented a player he is. 

Added to this, if the commanding centre-back had stuck around, the Whites would have had an ideal defence available to them - with the possibility of picking a line-up with four defenders who have all grown up in Yorkshire. 

Lees could have joined Sam Byram, Liam Cooper and Charlie Taylor as players who spent their childhoods in the county and that would likely have pleased Redfearn. 

The Whites boss has commented to the Yorkshire Evening Post just this week that he feels a lot of the side's foreign summer signings have struggled to adapt to English football, but no such problems would have occurred from a back-four containing Byram, Lees, Cooper and Taylor. 

Leeds are a club with a strong connection with the local area and that quartet would have all understood what it takes to represent Leeds - having been brought up in such close proximity to the side. 

Redfearn has had to move this week to sign Sol Bamba, as he looks for further experience, but the prospect of having an all-Yorkshire back-four would have been an exciting feature of the side for Leeds fans and it makes Lees' sale this summer look all the more regrettable. 

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