Lees and Adam as speculation increases
I spoke to a friend of mine at the end of last week and we were discussing how quiet things were with very little speculation regarding players coming in, leaving or whatever.
How that’s changed in the last few days. The Michael Keane story continues to run and that’s led to suggestions that we might be looking to sign Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees (pictured) as a potential replacement.
I’d have thought we would have been looking for a central defender in any case with Michael Duff having hung up his playing boots to work with the club’s under-18 team, but with us supposedly turning down Leicester offers for Keane, the name Lees appeared although sources close to Sheffield Wednesday are suggesting no offer has been made.
The Sheffield Star reported that they understood we had inquired about him and added: “Lees has been superb at the heart of Wednesday’s rearguard since arriving from Leeds United nearly two years ago. The 25-year-old has established himself as a first team regular and his stellar performances prompted the club to tie him down to a new long-term deal in July 2015. His present contract is not due to expire for another three years.”
Wednesday, who have been linked with Blackburn’s Grant Hanley, would not been keen to part company with Lees who their fans believe was one of the key players in their much improved season that saw them reach the play-offs only to lose to Hull in the final. Certainly, judging from comments at Owlstalk, the fans would be very unhappy to see him go.
He started his career with Leeds before moving to Hillsborough two years ago, but he did spend two full seasons in the North West. He played 39 League Two games for Accrington during a loan in 2009/10 season and the following season saw him play 45 league games for Bury, also in League Two.
The names of a lot of midfield players have been thrown in. Certainly those of Dale Stephens and Henri Lansbury aren’t going away, but yesterday came a link with Stoke’s Charlie Adam. The 30-year-old left Rangers in 2009 to join Blackpool, initially on loan. He was a big success at Bloomfield Road in their promotion and Premier League seasons between 2009 and 2011 but moved on following their relegation when Liverpool paid £9 million for him.
He was only on Merseyside for a year before Tony Pulis took him to Stoke but his time on the pitch has become less and less since Mark Hughes took over. Last season he started just twelve games in the Premier League with a further ten from the bench.
Stoke fans have been very complimentary on the Oatcake. One wrote: “Charlie was one of the very few positives of our soul destroying and boring end to the season,” while another added: “Think he’d go with all Stokies good wishes and he’d get a good reception if he returned with another side.”
Like Lees, he’s not out of contract and is reportedly happy at Stoke, but with the Clarets looking to strengthen the midfield, he might just be tempted to make the move back to the North West.Share this page :