Sheffield Wednesday are back on track after a string of impressive results.
In the FA Cup two weeks ago, a much-altered Owls side defeated Premier League outfit, Brighton, to advance into the fourth round before coming out on top in the Yorkshire derby, beating Leeds United 2-0 on their own patch.
Their performances has got a lot of people talking at Hillsborough with midfielder Barry Bannan taking all of the acclaim.
First, there was footage of his game-winning assist published on Twitter, to which several supporters replied…
Best player at club by a country mile
— Chris Walker (@Chriswa69512320) January 13, 2020
You mean beat player in the country by a club mile
— Ant C (@antonyc88) January 13, 2020
— CONRWAWAWv3 (@CONRWAWAWv3) January 13, 2020
— SWFC Argentina (@SWFCArgentina) January 14, 2020
And then there was a tweet highlighting his impressive statistic from the very same game. According to Between the Lines, no player in the Championship recorded more key passes (five) over the weekend.
This has led to further praise being launched at the 30-year-old midfielder.
— russell kenyon (@russellkenyon) January 13, 2020
Absolute wizard and a genuinely lovely passionate bloke , but some fans question if we need him 😂😂😂
— Mark Baines (@markbaines64) January 13, 2020
The pass for the second was one of the best I’ve seen in 60+ years of watching Wednesday.
— David Tunley (@DavidOwl2) January 13, 2020
‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ best in the league and he couldn’t get near Bannan? Stop it https://t.co/GFBKOos65I
— Baynie (@kb_swfc) January 13, 2020
Bannan was described as a ‘wizard’ as well as being ‘superhuman’ by some fans while one said his pass for the winner was the best he’s ever seen in over 60 years of watching the club.
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The Owls social media team had to get in on the act too, uploading a Tweet of their own praising the playmaker…
Such a good player. People don't see it, but when you have standard players around him he still magagers to play good football.
— Edward Richard (@EdwardM47420532) January 14, 2020
Pure Filth….. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
Was Sublime from our seat in the away end. @bazzabannan25 The🐐
— Rob Davy (@RobDavy2) January 14, 2020
— Mark Baines (@markbaines64) January 14, 2020
There’s still a month until Valentine’s Day, but you wouldn’t have realised due to the love-in surrounding Bannan and his latest showing for Wednesday.
Fans have been going crazy since the weekend, so much so that he was labelled ‘the GOAT’ by one member of the Hillsborough faithful.
And they all have every right to talk him up as he’s quickly becoming one of the club’s most important players. He’ll need to be the one that steps up in the absence of Steven Fletcher.
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Per WhoScored, no player in the Wednesday squad has provided more assists this campaign (seven) while he records double the number of key passes per game (2.6) than the next best, Adam Reach. (1.3).
The 30-year-old also averages over 50 passes per match, which is 12 more than any other midfielder in the squad, only going to prove that he’s the focal point to the Owls’ success.
If he plays well and dominates the middle, Wednesday often come out on top as Saturday’s derby win showed.
And in other news, Garry Monk has given a clue into his plans for the January transfer window…