Tom Lees shares what former Leeds United teammates have told him about Garry Monk's regime

Sheffield Wednesday's Tom Lees (R) shoots at goal

The defender left Leeds United for Sheffield Wednesday in 2014.

Tom Lees has told BBC Radio Sheffield he is not surprised that Leeds United are doing well under Garry Monk.

Lees came through the ranks at Leeds, but was ushered out the back door to Sheffield Wednesday in 2014.

Since then, the 26-year-old has established himself as one of the Championship's most consistent defenders and helped the Owls reach last season's play-off final, where they were narrowly beaten by Hull City.

Sheffield Wednesday's Tom Lees looks dejected as Hull City fans celebrate promotion back to the Premier League at the end of the match

Carlos Carvalhal's side are once again fighting for promotion this season, but have themselves a new top-six rival in Leeds.

Only a point and two places separate the two teams at present, with Wednesday climbing back into sixth on Saturday, and Lees, who claims to have kept in contact with 'a few old friends' at Elland Road, said of the Whites' progress: "I’m not surprised.

"Obviously, I think bringing in Garry Monk was a really big thing for them, he’s been given time to do what he does.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

"When I speak to a few old friends there, it seems really professional, training seems really good, it seems to be run really well, and I think that’s all it needed really."

Only three players remain from Lees' spell at Elland Road - Luke Murphy, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor - at least one of whom is likely to be the defender's 'mole'.

And their assessment may bode well for Leeds if so, with the Whites desperate to secure new deals for Mowatt and Taylor, who become free agents in July.

Leeds United's Charlie Taylor

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