Sheffield Wednesday: Bannan confident of Owls promotion chances

Barry Bannan
Barry Bannan

Barry Bannan is convinced ‘sleeping giant’ Sheffield Wednesday are equipped to fight hard and long for promotion this season.

The midfielder dropped out of the Premier League earlier this week to join the Owls from Crystal Palace.

And he says Wednesday now have the players to ensure his top flight exile is not a long one.

But in an attempt to manage expectations, Bannan has warned it will take time for the group to gel.

“There is definitely the potential there,” the 25-year-old said.

“I saw it in training in my first few days.

“There’s a lot of good footballers in the team.

“It might take a bit of time for everyone to get used to the way everyone plays.

“But I think once we get the hang of that we’ll be there or thereabouts and it should be a good season.”

With his chances for game time limited at Palace, Bannan knew he had to leave Selhurst Park during the transfer window.

And he insists the historic size of Wednesday as a club, coupled with the ambition of owner Dejphon Chansiri, drew him to Hillsborough.

Bannan said: “It’s already a massive club anyway, it’s a sleeping giant in the Championship.

“I think with these new owners coming in and lifting it, there’s going to be a real pitch forward to try and get into the Premier League as quickly as possible.

“Growing up, you always remember Sheffield Wednesday being in the Premier League.

“It’s been strange that they’ve not been there for that long.

“It’s probably taken something like these owners coming in to get it back there.

“Hopefully I can be a part of it.”