Tom Lees stands for quite a lot at Sheffield Wednesday right now – and not just because he’s the club’s only ever-present at the start of a new era.
The former Leeds centre back seems to confirm a coherent long-term strategy in that the Owls meant what they said when they gave a “no” to Fulham’s £1.2m bid in mid-summer. And Lees also embodies the British playing style and mentality that Carlos Carvalhal wants at the heart of his side, another sign of sound thinking.
Player and club can take much satisfaction from a week of three wins that has established a truly upbeat mood and, dare I say, an expectation that Wednesday will beat Preston on Saturday to close in on the top six.
It can never be stated that simply, of course, and Lees apart, Carvalhal remains unsure of his best team.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing if the Portuguese coach, as seems to be the case, is intent on a horses-for-courses policy that is beginning to bear fruit.
Odd that Lees’ departure from Elland Road was more celebrated than lamented by some Leeds fans.
He had 135 outings there and, having had long learning loans at Accrington and Bury, is close to 300 career appearances.
Some haul at 24 and he is emerging as some player too.
PS: I suggest the voices best listened to on Atdhe Nuhiu are either opposition managers, or the fans who gave him a 24 per cent share of the vote just behind a deserving Kieran Lee for player of the month.