Bannan Recalled to Villa and Could Face West Brom

April 28, 2011 by
Filed under: Aston Villa 

Villa’s young Scottish midfielder Barry Bannan has returned to the club from a loan spell with Leeds after only featuring 7 times for the Championship who have fallen out of the play off places. It is likely that the club, along with many of the fans, grew tired of the limited opportunities that Bannan was getting at Elland Road for a player who has plenty of Premier League experience under his belt in the first half of the season. His form for Villa even saw him called up to the senior Scotland squad for whom he has shone since making his debut at the end of last year. The 21-year-old did state on his Twitter page @BBannan25 that he was heading “Bck to birmingham hometime !!!” after not featuring in Leeds 1-0 defeat to Palace on Monday, April 25. The youngster is now in the frame for a place in the squad to face West Brom this weekend and will be pleased to be back at the club who have showed that they rate him highly by recalling him from a loan spell that was less profitable than all parties would have hoped.

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5 Comments on Bannan Recalled to Villa and Could Face West Brom

  1. TJ on Thu, 28th Apr 2011 15:10
  2. I’m glad he is back. Its very disappointing that we sent Bannan, Delfouneso and Weimann out to get some experience and all have found it difficult to even get a game. Hogg is doing well at Portsmouth, but I don’t think many would see him as the same kind of prospect as the other 3. The thing is – all of these players have done their time in the reserves and excelled. The only thing left to do is 1) Loan them out or 2) Gradually introduce them into the first team squad full time. It will be interesting what they try to do with them next season. I for one would like to see Bannan given a real shot at it, maybe loan Weimann and Delfouneso for another year.

    Also, I’m hoping this means we will do a bit of experimenting in our upcoming games. We played the 4-4-2 with experienced players to get ourselves safe, and we are now as good as safe. The likes of Delph, Bradley, Cuellar who have had limited chances this season. The academy lads like Bannan, Albrighton, Clark, Herd. I’d like to see a couple of these players get a game each week.

  3. Villa Missionary on Thu, 28th Apr 2011 17:02
  4. On another forum a Leeds fan opines that Bannan was by far their best FOOTBALLER but did not get enough time on the pitch.

    Having watched Leeds a couple of times on the box, their style is very much kick and rush, look where it has got them!! Strange that many of our fans want their manager Grayson, why not take Big Sam, at least he is the finished article and past master of their style of play.

    Good to hear from the same fan that Lichaj has been a huge success and they would love to have him permanently. One poor match, at ManCity, like most of our players, and too many were willing to write him off. He is a far better defensive full back than Walker, can pass and cross,is not bad going forward, and his prodigious throw ins, a la Delap, give us another attacking option. Being good defensively is the first requirement for a full back!!

  5. COL on Fri, 29th Apr 2011 0:26
  6. As a Leeds fan I’m glad Villa have re-called Bannon as it was an insult to have a player of his ability warming Leeds’ subs bench. Why we signed him & then didn’t play him is baffling!?!
    Thanks Barry for your efforts. Best wishes for the future. You’re better off playing for a team the appreciates your talent.

  7. martinlaurence on Fri, 29th Apr 2011 8:45
  8. Very honest assessment Colin, good to hear that at least the fans appreciated his talent. Any thoughts on Lichaj?

  9. COL on Fri, 29th Apr 2011 12:16
  10. Lichaj is a firm favourite with many Leeds fans. He’s been our most consistent defender by a mile & has also contributed on an attacking front. My only criticism is that at times he can be a bit slow to get back into position after an attack so it sometimes leaves us open to a counter attack.
    All in all, its been a good move & I’m sure that his loan has benefited everybody.
    As for Bannon, I’m sure that he couldn’t get back to Villa soon enough. Main problem was that we have far too many players already so it was always a strange signing.
    Anyway, best of luck to Villa for the rest of the season. Let’s hope its not too long before we play you again in the Premier League.

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