Carlos Carvalhal heaps praise on Sheffield Wednesday star Kieran Lee

Sheffield Wednesday

Lee helped the Owls take a huge step towards the Championship play-off final.

Carlos Carvalhal has hailed the impact that Kieran Lee has had on Sheffield Wednesday's season after the midfielder scored in the first leg of the Owls' play-off semi-final, the Sheffield Star reports.

The 27-year-old has made more appearances than any other player in the Wednesday squad this season, and confirmed his importance to the side by scoring his sixth goal of the campaign to double the side's lead against Brighton and help the team put one foot in the Championship final.

And Carvalhal has spoken about what the hard-working stalwart brings to the side.

"Kieran is a fantastic player who can stop a goal in our own half and then 10 seconds later score at the other end," he told the Star. "He's a good, technical player.

"He broke the lines very well [against Brighton]. It was a typical game from him.

"I'm very happy with him but I'm sure Kieran is more happy with the team than his personal performance."

While the likes of Fernando Forestieri, Gary Hooper and Barry Bannan often take many of the plaudits for their contributions, it is arguably Lee's influence that has been instrumental in guiding the club towards the top six.

Although Ross Wallace's opener against the Seagulls was sensational and provided the side with a huge boost just before half-time, the former Manchester United trainee showed his class with a wonderful turn to get away from the defender before tucking the ball home with an incredibly composed finish that Forestieri or Hooper would have been proud of.

And Carvalhal will be hoping that after helping the Owls get onto the front foot in the first leg, Lee can inspire them to protect their lead and book a place at Wembley in the second leg. 

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