Barry Bannan’s future at Sheffield Wednesday looks uncertain after comments made in recent interviews. The 30-year-old admitted he wants to play in the Premier League before retiring and said he would be better suited at a club like Brentford.
Bannan has one year remaining on his deal, but it remains to be seen if he’ll renew his contract as he may be eyeing one last chance to play in the top-flight. A lot of supporters from Sheffield Wednesday Fans Forum believe he’s too good to let go.
Jay Isherwood: “Best technical player in the squad by a country mile!”
Paul Brown: “If we have players with pace and energy around him, he’s a great asset from midfield (when) allowed to play and create. We have plenty of areas to improve the team so I wouldn’t go about replacing him.”
Matt Garnett: “Quality player who rarely gives the ball away and works very hard in spells too. Keep him!”
Derek Prigmore: “He’s still our most skilful player by a long way even though he has underperformed nearly all season.”
Tony Hinds: “Keep him.”
Michael Mills: “I like Bannan. (He’s a) quality player, (plays) lovely passes (and) reads the game well. The only down side is we are sometimes too dependant on him and become very predictable to the opposition.”
John Emery: “One of the better players on the payroll.”
Michael Micky Hague: “Been great for us.”
Will Buxton: “On his day, he changes games and very exciting to watch.”
Richard Couldwell: “Keep him and refresh the squad around him. We still need some experience.”
Finlay Derbyshire: “Quality player.”
Luke Walley: “Quality Championship player.”
Bannan joined Wednesday from Crystal Palace in 2015 and has gone on to make 200 appearances in all competitions, scoring 11 goals and making 32 assists. The Scotland international has been a regular under Garry Monk this season, but he may only have one more contract left to sign in his career.
If Bannan wants to play in the Premier League again, he may have to consider leaving the Owls. Wednesday have finished 15th, 12th and 15th in the last three seasons, so it remains to be seen if they’ll be in contention of a top-six finish in 2020/21. Fans want to see him stick it out at Hillsborough, however.