Sheffield Wednesday would have been forgiven for releasing Kieran Lee at the end of last season.
Fans were split on what the Yorkshire club should have done when the midfielder’s contract was running down at the end of 2018/19, and you can understand why.
Now, Lee has never been a poor player, and fans had a lot of good things to say about him, but injuries had massively interfered with his progress, making just 17 league appearances throughout his previous two seasons due to some serious injury setbacks.
Amicably, Wednesday showed great faith in their 6 foot 1 midfielder, and they offered him a new one year deal at the end of last term to give him a chance to prove his worth to the club.
Fortunately, Lee has done just that.
The main worry would have been the former Oldham Athletic man’s fitness after his injury-plagued two years, but he’s managed to prove himself on that front with relative ease.
Away from his ability to stay fit his performances on the pitch have been decent as well.
However, while his assist numbers haven’t been there he’s not been too bad when it comes to creating chances, playing 0.9 key passes per 90.
Lee had a big task in proving himself at Wednesday again, and while he hasn’t quite rediscovered the form he showed during the club’s playoff seasons, he has done enough to repay the faith shown in him last summer.
The Owls certainly made the right call keeping him at the club rather than releasing him.
In other news, Wednesday may want to hold back on making one huge decision.