Barry Bannan was of many players criticised by supporters after Sheffield Wednesday lost 1-0 to Luton Town in midweek. The 30-year-old saw a lot of the ball but frequently relinquished possession, was guilty of shirking out of challenges and failed to break up Luton’s play in the middle of the park.
Straight from the kickoff, Luton ran through the middle of the park, evading Bannan, Josh Windass and Kieran Lee to win a penalty. Fans weren’t happy with the Scottish international and took to social media to vent their fury.
All the CB were horrendous. Bannan yet AGAIN awful.The rest Im not judging to harshly.I have no idea what formation we were playing.He needs to sort this&sort this quick. Bannan needs dropping, dont care if hes young we need LB or Big O and Palmer LB. don’t feed us BS 2/2 #swfc
— ChrisThomasLuke (@Chris_TLT) February 12, 2020
Things of note from tonight:
> Forestieri wasted at wing back & used as a scapegoat at HT.
> Bannan's performances have been terrible & the amount of bottled 50/50's lately is embarrassing.
> There's zero bite in that midfield without Hutch… FACT#SWFC
— Added On Time (@added_on_time) February 12, 2020
I’ve loved watching Bannan over the years but his time is up. He’s bottled about 8 50/50s last two games on edge of our box leading to goal scoring chances. It’s time we went out and got a couple of CMs that fundamentally run for 90mins and can tackle and do the basics #swfc
— RocketOwl (@RocketOwl1986) February 12, 2020
Bannan out #swfc
— Big Mund (@JordanMunday96) February 12, 2020
Anybody but Bannan to start on Saturday. #swfc
— Daniel Sanders (@DanPeterSanders) February 12, 2020
Barry bannan the most spineless player I’ve ever seen get out of my club #swfc
— cal (@callum_dotty) February 12, 2020
Bannan and Lees’ both passed it now. Awful #swfc
— Charlie (@charliepryce_) February 12, 2020
Against the Hatters, Bannan made 52 touches, won one aerial duel, created two chances, completed 79.1% of his 43 passes, made three tackles, found a teammate with six of his 13 long balls and made one interception.
The 30-year-old has been a regular under Garry Monk this season, making 31 appearances in all competitions while scoring and creating eight goals, but his form has spiralled.
Wednesday are now without a win in five, having picked up just two points from a possible 15, and desperately need a win over Reading on Saturday.