Sheffield Wednesday playmaker Barry Bannan has claimed that Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola told him he was a fantastic footballer after the FA Cup tie between the two sides last month, which has drawn an interesting response from fans of the Yorkshire club.
Bannan has been a vital player for the Owls once again this season – featuring 35 times in all competitions and grabbing two goals and seven assists.
The Scotsman is one of the finest creative weapons in Garry Monk’s side and it appears that it isn’t just his own manager that is a bit fan of him.
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Speaking to the Daily Record, Bannan revealed that Guardiola had heaped praise on him after the FA Cup tie between City and Wednesday in March.
He said: “He actually stopped me as I was walking to the players’ lounge and spoke to me personally.
“He shook my hand and said: ‘Well done, you’re a fantastic footballer’.”
The Owls were narrowly beaten by Guardiola’s side, with Sergio Aguero’s 53rd-minute goal proving decisive at Hillsborough.
It appears Bannan’s comments have not gone down particularly well with Owls fans, many of whom took to Twitter to voice their thoughts.
Read their reaction here:
That’s Bannan leaving then
— Simmo (@Simmo1867) April 13, 2020
Shame you only showed that intensity cos it was the big boys in town… not doubting your ability but think you’ve got too comfortable at wednesday like alot of other players
— Luke Wilby (@LubySWFC) April 13, 2020
Should’ve issued a “Come and get me plea”
— David Ward (@DavidWardyWard) April 13, 2020
Bannan on speed dial for new stories on his move to Man City reserve’s!
— Shawn Owen🦉 (@SW18_67FC) April 13, 2020
Love it if he comes in with a big bid for him.
— des (@no1owls) April 13, 2020
— Shaun Michael (@Shaunsufc2013) April 13, 2020
Then went to brentford and went missing again..
— Lee Broughton (@beans1987) April 13, 2020
Hasn’t watched him any other time this season then.
— Daniel Sanders (@DanPeterSanders) April 13, 2020