The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Paul Ed­di­son

WHILE Gary Hooper and Fer­nando Forestieri re­ceive the plau­dits at Sh­effield Wed­nes­day, no-one de­serves more praise than Kieran Lee, ac­cord­ing to Owls de­fender Tom Lees.

Mid­fielder Lee has been in­dis­pens­able for Wed­nes­day this year, hav­ing made more ap­pear­ances than any of his team­mates af­ter miss­ing just two games in the en­tire cam­paign.

The 27-year-old’s ef­forts are a key rea­son why the Owls are mount­ing a pro­mo­tion charge as they look to re­turn to the top flight for the first time in 16 years.

And Lees is in no doubt they need him fit and fir­ing to sus­tain their mo­men­tum.

“Kieran is just one of those play­ers who fits into our team re­ally well,” said Lees.

“He does a lot of work that goes un­no­ticed. He cov­ers a lot of dis­tance and is very im­por­tant to the way we play.

“Kieran has great aware­ness of what is around him and you can give him the ball in tight po­si­tions.

“Like a lot of play­ers we have in the team, Kieran is re­ally im­por­tant and hope­fully he can carry on play­ing the way he is do­ing.”

GRAFT: Kieran Lee

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