Sheffield Wednesday captain Barry Bannan has claimed that he’s enjoyed the last couple of games much more for the Owls. At the start of the campaign, he was asked to play in a different position as Xisco Munoz got his feet under the table.
Bannan was asked to play a more advanced role for the first three games of the 2023/24 campaign. However, Munoz reverted to type for games against Cardiff and Leeds, with Bannan playing as more of a deep-lying performer.
That move by Munoz led to improved performances on the road against Cardiff and Leeds. The Owls got their first point of the season when they drew with the Whites at Elland Road last time out.
Bannan has been quizzed on his form this season and being asked to play in a different position. The experienced midfielder has claimed that he’s enjoyed the last two outings more given that he’s doing his natural job.
He told The Star: “I’ve enjoyed it a lot more. I’ve definitely enjoyed the last few games than the ones before. I was willing to try it and you play wherever the manager tells you to play. We were still very early in what we’re doing now.
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“I’ve enjoyed the last few games sitting deeper and playing my more natural position. Like I say, if the manager can improve me by playing me in a different position and adding to what I’ve already got, then so be it.”
Bannan enjoying natural role at Wednesday
It’s only natural that Munoz will want to stamp his own authority on things at Hillsborough. It has to be said, however, that changing the position of Bannan doesn’t make a great deal of sense.
The 33-year-old has made 364 appearances for Wednesday. As a result, his position should now be settled and the team built around the talismanic captain.
Munoz is still finding his feet at Wednesday. The club will hope to find that elusive win after the international break and with Bannan in his natural position, one shouldn’t be too far away.