Barry Bannan’s assist for Steven Fletcher at Bolton on Tuesday was his seventh of the Championship season.

He has also scored three goals of his own*.

Wednesday’s Bannan in action against Bolton’s Sammy Ameobi (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

It means this is now Bannan’s most productive ever league campaign, statistically at least.

Never before has he hit double figures for combined goals and assists in the English second tier – he managed nine under Carlos Carvalhal two seasons ago – and he still has nine games left in which to increase his tally.


But it is perhaps no surprise to see Bannan’s best form arrive as he approaches his thirties – the point at which a midfield player is typically said to enter their peak years.

And lucky for those of a Sheffield Wednesday persuasion, the Scotland international – called for the first time in 18 months on Tuesday – signed up for at least another two last August.

Wednesday’s Bannan in action for Scotland (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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