Sheffield Wednesday: Bannan’s loving life at Owls

Barry Bannan

Barry Bannan

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He is playing with a smile on his face, appears to be growing in stature with every passing match and was recently nominated for a major individual prize.

It is safe to say energetic midfielder Barry Bannan has made a big impact since joining on a free transfer from Crystal Palace just over two months ago.

The former Aston Villa trainee has established himself as one of the first names on the Owls’ team-sheet. His enthusiasm and ability to dictate play has won over the Wednesday faithful.

Bannan’s outstanding form led to him being nominated for Championship’s Player of the Month award for October. Ultimately, Brentford’s Alan Judge pipped him to the individual accolade.

Although he is still relatively new to English football, Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal insists he has followed Bannan’s development since 2011.

“Barry [Bannan] is playing a little different here,” said Carvalhal. “He has a bit more freedom to play.

“He gives everything he has inside to the team because he is playing in the position that he likes. Probably in the past he had more difficulties trying to show the football.

“He likes to work with us and play for Sheffield Wednesday so he is a happy. A happy player plays better.”

But Carvalhal added: ”It is not correct to talk about one player when we are doing fantastic as a team. All the players are doing fantastic.”

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