Barry Bannan is hopeful Sheffield Wednesday can find the right mix between attractive football and efficient football in the Sky Bet Championship next season, as the club aims for promotion, reports the Sheffield Telegraph.
Wednesday are set to go in search of a return to the Premier League for a third consecutive year, having suffered play-off disappointment twice in the last two years.
Back during the 2015/16 campaign, Carlos Carvalhal’s side surprised many in the Championship, playing some of the most attractive football in the division, which led them to the play-off final – that was lost to Hull City.
Last season, Wednesday again achieved a top-six finish, but struggled to find the same level of performance, eventually losing the play-off semi-final to Huddersfield Town.
Bannan has urged his teammates to find the right balance between their two contrasting campaigns, in a bid to secure a top-flight return for the first time since 2000, he said: “I think last season we didn’t play as good as football as we wanted to, but teams came out to stop us.
“It is hard to keep playing that attractive football but hopefully we can find a mix next season.
“We won games ugly. Hopefully we get off to a good start and strengthen the squad.”
Carvalhal will be expected to add to his squad ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, making the necessary changes that will help Wednesday break their play-off hoodoo.
Central defence is an area that Carvalhal is clearly looking to strengthen, with recent speculation linking both, Grant Hanley and Daniel Ayala with a move to Hillsborough this summer.
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