Sheffield Wednesday got back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon and in the process, one key Owls decision was fully vindicated.
The Hillsborough outfit received a shock £1m bid from Championship rivals Brentford for talismanic midfielder Barry Bannan in the final week of the domestic transfer window.
Brentford remain interested in Barry Bannan. Understand their opening bid was around £1m, but no fresh bid as we stand. https://t.co/sbl35YZ3Om
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) October 16, 2020
It would have maybe been an easy decision to cash in on a 30-year-old who would be free to leave in less than 12 months, but their call to keep hold of him has already been vindicated.
The Owls defeated Garry Monk’s former club Birmingham City 1-0 at St Andrew’s Stadium with Bannan delivering a ‘Man of the Match’ display.
Per SofaScore, the Scotsman not only scored the only goal of the game but also recorded two key passes, two dribbles and two interceptions. He even won 83% of his ground duels and lost possession 17 times.
Sheffield Star reporter Alex Miller dubbed the skipper’s second-half showing “classy” and also suggested that he “deserved the headlines.”
Bannan was certainly in the thick of it all game and was evidently vital as the Owls’ ticking metronome with Wednesday picking up their first win in four in all competitions.
Now, it is expected that the long-serving midfielder will sign a new contract extension with Monk claiming that he’s an “integral part” of his plans moving forward, even despite his advancing years.
Bannan hasn’t just impressed those of an Owls persuasion, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola called him an “incredible player” after their FA Cup fifth-round clash last season.
Clearly, he’s ever so vital to Wednesday and their fortunes, so the decision to gamble on him entering the final six to eight months of his £27k-per-week contract has already been fully justified.
Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri now must make things even better by giving him the deal he deserves.
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