Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that the game against Leeds United this weekend will be tough.
Lees, 24, came up through the ranks with Leeds having joined the club at the age of just eight, and he eventually established himself in the first team, racking up 135 appearances for the Whites before leaving last summer.
The central defender chose to join Leeds' Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday, and enjoyed a superb campaign with the Owls, proving Leeds wrong for letting him leave Elland Road.
This weekend, Lees and his Sheffield Wednesday side travel to Elland Road for an intriguing encounter, with both sides bringing in new eras this summer.
Wednesday appointed Portuguese boss Carlos Carvalhal earlier this summer, whilst Leeds brought in German manager Uwe Rosler after a disappointing campaign last term.
Leeds may not have won a competitive game under Rosler yet, but Lees told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he has been impressed with their high energy approach under their new manager Rosler - before admitting that he is looking forward to going up against their revamped front line.
"I think definitely here at Sheffield, there’s definitely a sense of optimism with a new start and new beginnings," said Lees. "I know up in Leeds, there’s also a feeling they are getting a new vibrant young team and that’s their approach to this season – full of energy. And they have added to the squad."
"Leeds and Wednesday are both teams who are striving to get towards the top end of the table and there’s a lot of expectation. It will be interesting. When you look since last year when we played them, we have got two new managers and pretty much two new teams and it won’t be similar to last season when we played."
"Leeds have looked solid this season and hard to beat and it will be a tough game. Up front, they have spent a bit of money and it will be good for us to hopefully show we can deal with it," he added.