Leeds United defender Tom Lees has said that manager Neil Warnock was one of the main reasons for him to sign a contract extension with the club. Tom Lees has been linked with a move elsewhere from Leeds United in the last couple of months, but with the arrival of former QPR manager Neil Warnock has persuaded him to stay at the club.
The 21-year-old recently signed a four-year contract that will see his stay at Elland Road being extended. Tom Lees had three more years remaining on his current contract prior to signing this new deal.
He has also said that Neil Warnock convinced him to stay at the club, while he has also expressed his confidence that he will be able to start many matches for the club next season. Tom Lees could come extremely close to leaving the club after making a huge impression on the scouts this season.
It is ironical considering that he signed a new three-year deal only in September. Neil Warnock’s arrival could not prevent Leeds United from slipping out from the race for the play-offs. However, they are expected to strengthen a lot in the summer, while they are also going to keep a number of players like Tom Lees.
“The way that he is speaking and the things that he is saying about going forward, I liked what I heard – he told me I could be the next Jack Wilshere – so I am now looking forward to seeing how it progresses and I am looking forward to next season. It is nice to be offered a new deal and I cannot thank the manager enough. He has been a really big influence in the time that he has been at the club. He has only been here a short time but I feel like I have learnt a lot,” said Lees.
Leeds United boss Neil Warnock has said that he is extremely confident with the current central defence pair of Tom Lees and Darren O’Dea.
The two central defenders have been part of the Leeds United first-team in the last three matches, and it seems that Warnock is sufficiently pleased with their performances that he has said that he is more likely to continue with the same pairing for the rest of the season.
After arriving at Elland Road a few months ago, Neil Warnock was expected to bring changes to the defensive pairing at Leeds United. However, the performances of Tom Lees and Darren O’Dea have been extremely good in the last few matches that Neil Warnock could stick with the same for the rest of the matches as well.
Even after the appointment of Neil Warnock, Leeds United are struggling to make it into the play-offs position. They remain seven points off the pace from the last placed team in the play-offs position – Cardiff City. Their form also has nosedived in recent weeks after Neil Warnock has just one victory in five matches. Despite this, Neil Warnock has said that both Tom Lees and Darren O’Dea have convinced the him sufficiently in order to retain them for the rest of the season before thinking about making changes to the defence in the summer.
“Young Lees was superb and he’s improved in every game. And apart from the goal on Saturday, Darren’s done everything I’ve asked of him. He got caught out for one goal but he’s done well. I’d like to (bring new players in) and I was after a centre-half but when I look at the two I’ve got at the moment, I don’t think I could get much better than that,” Warnock said after the 0-0 draw with Hull City during the weekend.