Sheffield Wednesday: Lee partnership paying off for Barry Bannan

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It may be in its infancy but a promising midfield partnership is developing at Sheffield Wednesday.

Though not featuring in a traditional midfield two, a productive relationship has formed between Kieran Lee and Barry Bannan since the latter arrived at the end of August.

Both men have enjoyed respective strong runs of form in recent weeks and Bannan admits he is enjoying playing alongside Lee in the Owls engine room.

“He’s a very good footballer,” told the Star. “Growing up through the ranks at Manchester United, you’ve got to be a good footballer.

“When you get two good footballers playing alongside each other, it becomes easy.

“You know what each other are going to do and you can trust in them.

“We’ve only been playing together a few weeks but we’ve found that already.”

Scotland international Bannan has slotted into the Wednesday side seamlessly since his arrival, starting every Championship match.

He praised the quality of the players around him for making the transition into the side easier.

Bannan said: “Playing on the left with Danny Pudil has been great.

“He allows me to come inside, which I prefer because I’m not one for bombing up and down the wing.

“He takes care of that, getting out wide and making the crosses. And we’ve been able to put some nice one-twos together.

“Forestieri is a very good player, technically excellent and it’s always good to play with lads like that.

“It’s not just them though. There are some very good footballers at this club,.

“It’s about finding the right balance and I think we’ve done that.”

The Owls return to action on Saturday against Hull City following the international break.

Heading into the break on a run of four consecutive wins, it seems as though things have clicked for Carlos Carvalhal’s side.

And Bannan puts that down to the new faces, like himself, settling in at the club.

“There was a big influx of players in the summer and then a few more came in at the end of the transfer window so it takes time for people to bed in,” the 25-year-old said.

“There’s ideas to get across, people have to get used to playing with different players. It won’t just happen overnight.

“I think you’re seeing now that the new lads have settled in and everyone knows what we’re trying to achieve.

“There’s still plenty to come from the team and I think we’ll continue to improve.

“It was a shame the break came when it did because it stopped us from continuing to build that momentum.

“But it’s been really positive around the place over the break so we’re going into Saturday with confidence high that we can get another win on this run.”