Sheffield Wednesday coach explains how he helped take Tom Lees from Leeds United

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The centre-back has been a revelation for The Owls.

Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees is having an excellent season at Hillsborough. The former Leeds United man is thriving at the Championship side and Leeds fans often find themselves thinking what might have been if their club had not sold the defender to their Yorkshire rivals in 2014.

Now a man who worked closely with Lees throughout his development at Leeds has been speaking about how he helped lure him to Sheffield.

The Owls youth boss Neil Thompson told The Sheffield Star this week:

“We had Tom Lees at Leeds and he had a fantastic mentality. He was totally committed to what we were trying to do.

“I remember when Stuart had the possibility of signing him and I told him what I thought. I just said it was a no-brainer and said go sign him.

“He had a decent time at Leeds and then a bit of a tough spell, as you do at football clubs. But he is totally committed to what he does and goes about his business in the right manner. It is great to see him doing so well.”

Lees' recent form has seen him linked with a move to the Premier League. It was reported by The Mirror last week that both Newcastle United and Norwich City were keen on signing the player from Wednesday.

Leeds let Lees go so easily last summer amid the heavy recruitment drive led by Leeds owner Massimo Cellino but the likes of Dario Del Fabro and Giuseppe Bellusci did not do much to replace the now 24-year-old star.

Lees has played 20 times for The Owls this season, scoring twice, as his club look to fight for promotion to the Premier League.

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