Despite Sheffield Wednesday losing 2-1 to Cardiff City, supporters did reserve praise for one player on Sunday – Barry Bannan. The 30-year-old started alongside Sam Hutchinson in a deep-lying midfield role and came away with credit for his performance.
Bannan assisted Wednesday’s only goal of the game, floating in a deep corner for Tom Lees to head home. The Scotland international saw a lot of the ball over the 90 minutes and provided a real attacking threat through his creativity. No player on the pitch made more chances, had more touches or attempted more passes than Bannan, but he couldn’t steer Wednesday to victory.
Carried them all season Baz different class uto
— Louis Fairest (@LouisFairest) December 29, 2019
Without this man, we would be no where, the best player we have had in centre midfield since John Sheridan .. legend!!! 💙
— whitt (@whitto1987) December 29, 2019
The only player to really put in a shift yesterday was Bannan. Murphy was a waste of football boots. Tactically, Monk got every bit of it wrong, including the substitutions. A proper bad day at the office. #SWFC
— Clockwork Owl (@Clock_work_Owl) December 30, 2019
Only person I’d keep is bannan, anybody can go for me apart from him #swfc
— Hank (@hank04324803) December 30, 2019
Lets hope that january sees a sensible policy of trading. Dawson, börner, iorfa, bannan, loungo, Harris are the ones i would keep 100%. But depending on the price would probably let them all go bar bannan . Something needs to change. #swfc
— Sergej Odström (@SergejOdstrom) December 30, 2019
Out of that starting 11 today only Dawson, Iorfa and Bannan I’d keep over the next couple of windows. We’re carrying too many players who clearly aren’t good enough #swfc
— . (@DLRWeciuJ) December 29, 2019
Against Cardiff, the midfielder made 94 touches, created five chances, had two shots with 50% accuracy, completed 76% of his 79 passes, whipped in six crosses with 50% accuracy, completed eight of his 17 long balls, made one tackle and made one successful dribble.
Bannan has made 24 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring and creating seven goals. The 30-year-old has been a consistent figure under Garry Monk and continues to perform regardless of the result, but Wednesday must turn things around on New Year’s Day.
The Owls face Hull City and need a result to ensure they don’t fall out of the Championship playoffs.