Sheffield Wednesday: We’re all playing for our futures says Tom Lees

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Each member of the Wednesday squad is playing for their futures following Dejphon Chansiri’s takeover.

That is the view of defender Tom Lees who insists the buyout of the club by the Thai canned tuna magnate is a game changer for every Owls player.

Lees – who has been one of the Owls’ star men following his summer switch from Leeds – says it should not just be those out of contract at the end of the season who are looking to impress.

“With the takeover there could be a lot of change,” Lees said. “I know there are a lot people with contracts up.

“And when you in a takeover position, it might not matter whether you have a contract or not.

“It could be all change.

“Even if you have got a couple of years left you need to be thinking ‘I need to show what I can do until the end of the season, so I am here playing next season’.

“We have all got to try and show we are good enough to be in the team if additions are made next summer.”

While individual futures are growing ever-more pressing as each week passes, Lees insists the immediate priority is rectifying the Owls’ slump in form.

Wednesday have failed to win in their last five matches, scoring just three goals with the slump seeing them drop to 13 points off the top six.

And home form remains a major concern with only three wins and eight goals from 15 league matches at Hillsborough this term.

Lees said: “Everyone has to focus on their individual jobs, pulls their weight, and turn this around.

“That’s the only choice we have got.

“We have been poor the last few games, which is a shame when we got ourselves into a good position coming out of the Christmas period.

“We have let ourselves down a little bit, and it’s up to us to urn it around. Not let the season go to waste.

“It’s very tight still. First of all we have got to get our performances back on track, because we can’t say we have been playing well enough to justify results.

“It’s down to us individually to take responsibility.”

The play-offs have only really looked out of reach of the Owls following this recent poor run while the lack of victories has seen them slip to just nine points clear of the bottom three.

Lees insists he has not given up on a top six push but says the Owls must act now before they are dragged into the relegation fight.

And he believes it would be a waste of Wednesday’s season so far if the promotion push was to peter out.

He said: “We have two choices. We can either let the season waste away, get dragged into something at the bottom of the table, or we can turn it around.

“We don’t want to get to the last ten games and nothing to play for.

“We would have under-achieved, after that start we gave ourselves.”

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