With the outstanding victory fresh in my mind over Arsenal, what an opportunity to praise the Sheffield Wednesday team and staff over their current unbeaten run of NINE, yes NINE games in all competitions (six wins, three draws).
The spectacular 3-0 victory over the Gunners somewhat overshadowed the arrival of Gary Hooper. The new recruit promises to be a fantastic acquisition, the wait for an experienced marksman is now over. The addition of Hooper essentially is the final piece of the jigsaw.
Although every individual is worthy of praise over the last six weeks, Kieran Lee’s drive and bursting runs have been a key part to our success.
Without question, Mr Kieran Lee is a player I admire, if not my favourite current player at S6. Since the box-to-box midfielder came to Hillsborough in May 2012, his consistent performances have helped him pave his way into the first-team on a weekly basis. And, in my opinion, he should be one of the first names on the team sheet in every league fixture.
Originally arriving at Hillsborough as a full-back, versatile Lee now plays as a central midfielder with much to offer both defensively and in attack. Kieran if asked, is typically a player who would, and could, play anywhere on the park. Carlos Carvalhal has soon learnt that the Owls midfielder plays with his heart on his sleeve, is dedicated and has a desire to succeed.
Lee was voted Player of the Month by the fans in the month of September and most recently picked up the Man of the Match award against Hull City.
At 27, Lee is fast approaching his 100th game for the Owls, sat on 99 appearances in all competitions. Last season saw the dynamic midfielder complete his most successful one offensively, chipping in with six crucial league goals after manager Stuart Gray saw promise in his ability within the final third.
As well as his goals, Kieran is very much a team player that Carvalhal can also trust to do a job. He has developed his way to be the core focal point of our midfield and the first eleven.
Lee signed a contract back in June this year to extend his stay at Hillsborough until the summer of 2017, and I totally expect a further new deal if Kieran’s productive performances continue.
Furthermore, here are the stats to provide sufficient evidence off Lee’s glowing performances from this season so far:
Game time: 849 minutes
Pass completion: 79%
Average tackles per game: 3
Interceptions per game: 0.9
Passes per game: 26.3
Goals this season: 1
I would like to see the Owls number 20 playing in the blue and white stripes of Sheffield long-term. I cannot express how delighted I am with the current exploits at S6 on every level and Lee is very much a key cog in the wheel.
A ‘MASSIVE’ applause goes out to you Kieran; your ability and natural flair for the game is appreciated enormously by the fans.