Sheffield Wednesday: Skipper’s plea to Owls board

Owls defender Tom Lees
Owls defender Tom Lees

Glenn Loovens is calling on Sheffield Wednesday’s hierarchy to resist the temptation to cash in on their prized assets this month.

Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood and defender Tom Lees, both recruited last summer, are reportedly attracting the interest of several Premier League clubs.

Lees has been instrumental in the Owls’ march up the table, with Hull City and Burnley thought to be monitoring the 24-year-old’s situation.

Lees, still waiting for his first goal in Wednesday colours, has been a model of consistency alongside skipper Loovens this season.

“I have enjoyed playing alongside Tom,” Loovens, , who is one yellow card away from triggering an automatic two-match suspension, told The Star. “He is a young, talented defender. He’s very good in the group. He never lets you down. I think he has been one of our best signings so far.

“We need to keep all our best players and Tom is a part of that. I really hope that the club keeps him to have a right go at the league.”

Speaking to the press corps yesterday, Owls head coach Stuart Gray said he had received no inquiries for any members of his squad.

He said: “There is always going to be speculation, especially when the players are playing so well. Hopefully I don’t get any calls.”

Gray has praised the impact Westwood, who is in line to start at Nottingham Forest tomorrow after recovering from a calf prolem, and Lees have made, saying: “They are two good lads who have bought into what we want to do.

“They are good in the dressing room and are two top professionals.”