Championship

TT Battle: Michael Hector vs Toni Leistner

Sheffield Wednesday currently find themselves floating around in the bottom half of the table, while Queens Park Rangers are looking to secure a play-off spot under Steve McClaren.

The Owls will be hoping that Steve Bruce’s appointment will bring plenty of success to Hillsborough in the future, as they were never able to get going under Jos Luhukay. Meanwhile, the Hoops have defied expectations after a poor start to proceedings at Loftus Road, with McClaren working wonders.

Sheffield Wednesday and QPR have two of the Championship’s most impressive central defenders at their disposal at this moment in time, so we took a look at Michael Hector and Toni Leistner’s influence.

With that in mind, let’s compare these two transfers…

MICHAEL HECTOR

Sheffield Wednesday landed a clever capture by securing the services of Michael Hector on a season-long loan back in the summer transfer window, as he has since gone on to establish himself as a vital part of their plans.

The central defender has cured the Owls’ previous defensive woes in a big way this season, despite their current disappointing league position, and he will continue to have a positive affect on proceedings from here on in.

A permanent deal would surely excite fans at Hillsborough Stadium.

TT GRADE: A-

TONI LEISTNER

Steve McClaren struck up a brilliant agreement back in the summer transfer window, as he secured the services of Toni Leistner on a free transfer.

The German central defender has been influential in the Hoops’ rise up the Championship table, with his size, tackling ability and strength making it almost impossible for the opposition to get the better of him.

Therefore, he could play the biggest part in securing McClaren’s side a play-off spot in the second half of the current campaign, as games can be won and lost in defence.

TT GRADE: A

TT VERDICT:

When comparing these two, it’s safe to say that Toni Leistner has enjoyed the rub of the green slightly more in the current campaign, despite Michael Hector’s rise at Hillsborough Stadium.

The 28-year-old has certainly proved his worth since making the move to the English capital, as well as establishing himself as one of the best defenders in the Championship.

On the other hand, Hector will look back on the first half of the season with his head held high as he has been a key player for the Owls so far, constantly saving their blushes at the back.

Both players are both performing at the top of their game in the Championship, but it’s Leistner who’s currently going the extra mile for his side as the Hoops continue to chase down a play-off spot.

Sheffield Wednesday and QPR fans… what do you think? Let us know down below!!!

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