Former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Carlton Palmer has backed Barry Bannan to bounce back from his performance in the Owls’ 3-0 loss away to Plymouth Argyle at the weekend, speaking to The Transfer Tavern.
Despite suffering a 1-0 defeat at Morecambe just before the international break, this heavy defeat at Home Park was a real shock to Wednesday fans who had seen their side climb to the top of the League One table last month after winning three and drawing one of their first four league games.
They now find themselves in 12th place in the third tier, putting a real dampener on what was a great start to the season with their excellent recruitment strategy and strong results on the pitch despite turbulence off the pitch early on in the summer.
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Another major positive they could take from the transfer window was the fact they managed to hold on to Barry Bannan amid interest from Premier League side Brentford and former Championship promotion-challengers Swansea City.
However, in an interview with the Sheffield Star last month, Bannan signalled his desire to remain at Hillsborough despite his quality and as captain, he believes it’s his job to get the South Yorkshire side back to the second tier.
He was one player who received a mixed reaction from Wednesday fans for his performance against Plymouth, with some even suggesting he should be dropped.
But ex-Owl Carlton Palmer believes his Championship quality will shine through in the next game and in an interview with The Transfer Tavern, the 55-year-old said: “Barry Bannan’s been arguably Sheffield Wednesday’s most consistent player over the last three or four seasons.
“You know, he’s had a bad game, that happens. We all have a bad day at the office.
“Barry’s a very, very good Championship player, so it’s one of those games. He’ll be back next week.”
There was a very mixed reaction to his performance at the weekend, but one thing is clear: he will be back.
Even if doesn’t return to the heights he’s hit in recent years with his performance levels, he’s still an excellent asset to have in League One and possesses the sufficient quality to get the Owls out of this division.
This is why it’s so advantageous having him as captain. He will demand the same quality of his performances from his teammates – and in probable admiration of his calibre – they will be sure to raise their game to meet his standards.
His commitment to the club should also be commended after seeing several high-quality players including Adam Reach and Moses Odubajo leave on the expiration of their contracts in the summer.
Perhaps the departures of former Wednesday prospects Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide would have been just as much of a blow to their chances of keeping Bannan, with their future looking a little less bright without the duo.
But Bannan seems like he’s committed to the cause and because of that, no one would deserve promotion more than him at the end of the campaign.