Sheffield Wednesday are embarking on a new chapter under Tony Pulis, who has got to work this week with the squad he’s inherited at Hillsborough.
One man he’s linked up with is Owls skipper, Barry Bannan. The pair have previously crossed paths at Crystal Palace, but are now at different stages of their career.
Bannan was handed the captaincy at Hillsborough by Garry Monk, having been a consistent performer in South Yorkshire during a couple of turbulent years.
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Dom Howson at Yorkshire Live has been discussing the captaincy now Pulis has arrived, where he questioned whether the Scottish midfielder would continue with the armband.
“Pulis spoke highly of Bannan today but it wouldn’t shock me if if he took the captaincy off him and gave it to someone else,” he told a Q&A. “Pulis may want to put his own stamp on the squad.”
Pulis did speak highly of Bannan yesterday as he was unveiled to the press (quotes from @swfc).
He said: “Barry over the past 3/4 years has been one of the Championship’s stand-out players. He dictates and controls games and I have a lot of time for him. You look at players here, they look up to him. He has their respect and that’s because of how he plays football.”
The way that Pulis has spoken about Bannan, there’s got to be a chance he retains the captaincy.
He’s by far the best player in the squad at Hillsborough and, naturally, he’s got the respect of everyone. That should make him the standout candidate for the armband.
Combined with how highly Pulis seems to rate Bannan, there might be an element of surprise if the captaincy was stripped.
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