When Tom Lees first made it into the Leeds United first team set-up, there was much hope that the youngster would go on to make a name for himself at Elland Road. That hope didn’t quite work as both he and the fans might have hoped for.
Coming into first team reckoning after graduating from the Leeds United Under-18 squad, Lees went on to make 135 appearances for the Whites across all competitions, scoring four goals and providing six assists.
However, Lees moved on to Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer ahead of the 2014/15 season, going on to make a total of 129 appearances for the Owls. This includes tonight’s Championship Play-Off Semi-Final against Huddersfield where he has scored the equalising goal – for Huddersfield, netting an own goal.
One thing that Leeds United fans tended to round on Lees for was a perceived propensity for bad decision-making and shaky defending. With his 73rd minute equalising own goal tonight taking the tie into extra-time, these Whites fans have taken to Twitter to air their views.
Tom Lees own goal – Leeds United fans take to Twitter to have a dig
Before looking at reaction to Lees’ own goal against Huddersfield, here’s what former Leeds United manager Neil Warnock had to say about Tom Lees. This was after one particular gaffe, a dangerous tackle, for the Whites saw Lees given a straight red, aiding to a 3-0 loss against Ipswich.
For Leeds fans, torn about whether they’d rather see Huddersfield or Sheffield Wednesday lose out tonight, Tom Lees’ own goal gaffe at least rid them of a certain sense of hesitancy.
Good to see Tom Lees not forgetting his roots and scoring against Wednesday #lufc
— Joe Dodsworth (@joedodsworth) May 17, 2017
Leeds fans seized on Lees’ perceived ability to turn around the fortunes of his own side with gifted opportunities for opponents, often leading to defeat. The comments on Twitter lead to this common thread.
Ok who blames tom lees #lufc
— MrMikeyT (@THRESHIE) May 17, 2017
Blame Tom Lees, haven't heard that for a while #lufc
— Colm (@colm_brown1985) May 17, 2017
For these fans, and including the following, Lees’ faux pas comes as no surprise.
— Nick Burns (@NickBurns1983) May 17, 2017
The sense of impending ‘it was only a matter of time’ is something else that Leeds fans agree on, and there’s only one person the finger is pointing at.
I blame it on tom lees #lufc
— Martin billington (@Martinbill42) May 17, 2017
Blame Tom Lees innit
— Beth (@BF_lufc) May 17, 2017
— Svein Pettersen (@SveinPettersen) May 17, 2017
For some Leeds United fans, blame isn’t enough when straight-talking criticism can suffice.
Tom Lees is still shite #lufc
— Dirty Leeds Scum (@DirtyLeedsFC) May 17, 2017