Sheffield Wednesday: Reluctant hero Lee takes centre stage

There are some footballers who welcome media attention. Kieran Lee isn’t one of them.

The local press have made several interview requests to Sheffield Wednesday since the turn of the year asking to speak the midfielder only to discover he is a hard person to pin down.

Kieran Lee has starred in recent weeks for Sheffield Wednesday.

Kieran Lee has starred in recent weeks for Sheffield Wednesday.

Lee is a quietly-spoken man with an unassuming nature who prefers to focus on what he gets paid to do - and that’s to play football to the best of his ability. His performances in recent weeks have been outstanding, culminating in the 25-year-old collecting the man of the match award following the Owls comprehensive victory over Leeds United last weekend.

Lee, who missed a big portion of the first half of the campaign due to a hip injury, has flourished since stand-in Wednesday boss Stuart Gray moved him into the middle of the park. After featuring prominently in the Owls midweek FA Cup victory win against non league Macclesfield Town, the Stalybridge-born player caught up with the media afterwards and told The Star that he began his career in central midfield.

“I am enjoying playing in the centre; I have always thought I could do a job in there,” he said. “It has been a while since I’ve done it but now I’m there hopefully I can stay in the team. It is probably where I prefer to play.”

It is certainly not an alien position to Lee as he was deployed in the centre on a couple of occasions by former boss Dave Jones last term.

“Stu [Gray] has shown faith in me by throwing me in and my performances have kept me in there,” he said. “I think the fans are starting to see the best of me.

“I think everyone has stepped up. It is obviously easier to play when everybody is confident and wants the ball. It suits me the way we are playing at the minute in passing the ball. We are doing well and hopefully it can continue.”

Lee, speaking on video at thestar.co.uk, added: “Our performances have improved. You have to give credit to Stu and the lads. Everyone is working hard for each other which maybe was not happening before. The fans have lifted us and things are going well.”