Sheffield Wednesday: No surprise for Tom Lees at rise of Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield

Owls skipper Tom Lees
Owls skipper Tom Lees
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Tom Lees has admitted he is far from shocked to see Huddersfield Town sitting on the Championship’s summit.

The Terriers are currently eight points ahead of Wednesday after 11 games with eight wins and just two defeats so far this campaign.

With Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Norwich City entering a division that already had Wednesday, Brighton and Derby among others battling for promotion, few would have banked on David Wagner’s side setting the early pace.

However, Lees says he saw improvement in Town last season under David Wagner and that their rise up the table is just another reason why nothing should come as as surprise in the Championship.

“I’m not really surprised to see them up there as I saw last season signs of what their manager was trying to do,” said Lees.

“He’s obviously been very impressive and I’ve heard about his methods and they are getting the rewards for that. You can’t really be surprised in this league.”

While Wednesday’s form has been patchy so far this campaign, Lees feels that this upcoming game on Sunday could be the perfect opportunity for Carlos Carvalhal’s side to pull themselves up the table.

“It might be a different type of game,” he added.

“They are at home and top of the league. They will bring the game to us and we are finding a lot at the moment, especially at home, that teams are sitting in making it difficult for us and we have to try and find a way to get through it.

“Huddersfield will be full of confidence and looking to take the game to us and hopefully we can pick them off.”

The Owls central defedner added: “We would like it to be us up there. You don’t want to give people a head start. There are some teams who are looking good at the moment but we all know that can change. But we can’t afford to let teams get too far ahead of us at this stage of the season.

“We need to hit the ground running when the teams start up again.”

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