Sheffield Wednesday: Skipper tells Lees to be more vocal

Owls defender Tom Lees beats County's Jake Cassidy in an aerial duel.
Owls defender Tom Lees beats County's Jake Cassidy in an aerial duel.

Captain Glenn Loovens is calling on fellow centre-back Tom Lees to become more of a talker on the pitch.

Lees, recruited for an undisclosed fee from Leeds United last month, has shone in Sheffield Wednesday’s opening two fixtures, helping the Championship club record back-to-back clean sheets.

But Owls skipper Loovens believes the 23-year-old needs to be more vocal in the heat of the battle to fulfil his talent.

The Dutchman told The Star: “Tom is a quiet guy. Maybe he needs to come out of his shell a little bit and be a little louder on the field.

“Tom is a good guy and he works hard in training. He is a young guy who has been around for a long time and knows the Championship inside out.

“I am here to help everyone and will look to pass on my experience, not only to Tom, but everyone in the team.

“I’m there for anybody who needs me. It’s part of my job to give advice to the younger players.”

It has not taken Lees and Loovens long to form an effective partnership. The duo appear to complement each other well, meaning Kamil Zayatte may have to patiently wait for an opportunity to stake their first-team claims. Slovenian international Kelhar has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign after scans revealed he suffered a anterior cruciate knee ligament injury in their pre-season friendly versus Newcastle United.

Loovens said: “It’s up to the manager who he wants to play. I think we’ve got four good centre-halves. It doesn’t matter who he picks. I think we will all do our jobs.

“Dejan [Kelhar] is an experienced player and so is Kamil [Zayatte]. We need competition in all parts of the pitch. Having Dejan and Kamil keeps Tom and I on our toes.”