Sheffield Wednesday star continues impressive start at new club; claims POTM award

Former Leeds United defender Tom Lees won Sheffield Wednesday's Player of the Month award for November.

Former Leeds United defender Tom Lees is proving a point to the club after they let him join Sheffield Wednesday this summer. 

Lees was deemed surplus to requirements at Elland Road over the summer, with a number of new arrivals forcing him out of starting contention, but he is showing that he had the potential to play a part. 

The 24-year-old has established himself as a key part of a Wednesday defence, which has been one of the most resolute in the entire division so far. 

The Owls have conceded just 15 goals (11 fewer than Leeds) in their opening 19 Championship matches and Lees' importance in their back-line was highlighted with his Player of the Month award for November. 

Wednesday's form may have been poor over the month, with the side picking up just one win against Wigan Athletic, but that was not enough to stop Lees impressing. 

The commanding centre-back claimed victory ahead of goalkeeper Kieran Westwood, showing further evidence of his quality. 

“It’s an absolute pleasure to win the award and I’m really grateful to everyone who voted for me," Lees said upon receiving his award. "It’s a great start to the week to hear that I’ve won."

Lees has played 20 times since arriving at Hillsborough and he may not be too disappointed to have left Elland Road, given the tumultuous time his former club have endured this season.

Leeds are currently on their third manager of the campaign so far and are two points behind their Yorkshire rivals in the table, meaning Lees can look down on his former team as things stand. 

The centre-back will now be looking to build on the confidence this recognition of his quality will give him and continue playing a part at Stuart Gray's side aim to push up the table. 

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