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Barry Bannan - To Keep Or Not To Keep?

StennyVilla alerted me to an article on Villa's on loan (to Blackpool) midfielder Barry Bannan.

Stenny said: 'Bannan really enjoying it at Blackpool see link below, but his contract is up in June and he is a must to sign up on a long contract. He will make it. He looks good enough now - a future Villa and Scotland player of class hopefully please.'

The article: www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/sports

Bannan is currently on loan until the end of January but is hoping to earn himself an extension to that. He told the Gazette:

'My contract at Villa ends in June. There is talk of a new one going on at the minute but I'm not sure. I'm just going to wait until January, see what happens and take it from there. Will I sign another half-season long loan in January? It depends how I do. If I don't do well enough then there's no chance. But if I carry on playing well hopefully that will happen and I would be more than happy to do it.'

He also says he loves it at Villa but wants regular footie as it gets frustrating sitting around.

'there is nothing better than going out and playing first team games, whether it be Championship, League One or Two.'

Stenny added when I asked him if he's seen BB play much:

'I have only seen him at Blackpool briefly on as a substitute in his fist game against Preston on TV, but I am on permanent Bannan watch with reports from Pool regulars and all the comments in the press. In those few minutes of a furious derby game he was still able to very clearly show what I believe is much more than potential. He is so comfortable receiving the ball under pressure, can spin and beat players and is creative with the eye for a killer ball - a new Gordon Cowan's in the making.

I honestly think he would grace our team now - even though moving Milner inside and Downing coming in has now injected some real variety into our play. Unless he gets a few games for Villa under his belt he will be better staying with Blackpool which is a fun and very positive place to be at the moment under Ian Holloway, playing creative football with the ball on the deck and in a very attacking style which will do Bannan the world of good to be involved in. He might end up winning his place at Villa on the back of these performances and a full Scotland call up, but he is just much too good to lose. Sign him up now please.'

I asked Sir Jack from Vital Blackpool his opinion, he said:

Barry has started fantastically well at Blackpool. He looks quite lightweight - probably why he's played wide instead of in the middle - but is well capable of holding his own in the challenge. Very tricky on the ball and has great intelligence for someone so young.

He made his first appearance in the derby game against Preston with a cameo role and from then on has really kicked into gear. A man of the match display away at Middlesbrough stood out and Ian Holloway will definitely be looking to extend his loan.

Hope that's all right - he hasn't played much!


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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 21 2009

Time: 3:47PM

Your Comments

i thought he would of pushed his way in by now but for Downings quick recovery. He has already shown more than enough of what he is capable of in the reserves, his goal against Portsmouth was pure class a few months back. A lot has been said of him being lightweight but surly if he is able to withstand the brutal football of the coke league then the prem should be fine as the refs penalise u for breathing on someone lately
av-jc-86
i thought he would of pushed his way in by now but for Downings quick recovery. He has already shown more than enough of what he is capable of in the reserves, his goal against Portsmouth was pure class a few months back. A lot has been said of him being lightweight but surly if he is able to withstand the brutal football of the coke league then the prem should be fine as the refs penalise u for breathing on someone lately
av-jc-86
good point, the lower leagues are brutal compared to what you can do in the Prem. Thing is the guy is still growing, so would be daft to get rid of now... then again, utter faith in our acadamy/youth set up, they'll know if he is one to keep or not.
The Fear
good point, the lower leagues are brutal compared to what you can do in the Prem. Thing is the guy is still growing, so would be daft to get rid of now... then again, utter faith in our acadamy/youth set up, they'll know if he is one to keep or not.
The Fear
IMO the lad is class. We MUST tie him down to a long term deal, then loan him back to Blackpool for the experience. He is one of the youngsters to miss out because we have no European football. I'm sure Bannan, Delfonseau, Allbrighton and Clark would have been regulars in our 'European Team'. Nice to see Baker, Lichal and Herd doing well at Lincoln as well. Lowry's doing well at Plymouth, and of course Shorey, Osbourne and Harewood are all doing well in the championship. Not so sure about Hogg and Collins though. Darlington are getting stuffed every week!
krfeskivilla
IMO the lad is class. We MUST tie him down to a long term deal, then loan him back to Blackpool for the experience. He is one of the youngsters to miss out because we have no European football. I'm sure Bannan, Delfonseau, Allbrighton and Clark would have been regulars in our 'European Team'. Nice to see Baker, Lichal and Herd doing well at Lincoln as well. Lowry's doing well at Plymouth, and of course Shorey, Osbourne and Harewood are all doing well in the championship. Not so sure about Hogg and Collins though. Darlington are getting stuffed every week!
krfeskivilla
he's 20 Mr Fear he's not going to make 6ft! I doubt he'll break through unless mon moves out some deadwood ?
villan57
he's 20 Mr Fear he's not going to make 6ft! I doubt he'll break through unless mon moves out some deadwood ?
villan57
He has the talent. I agree with krfeskivilla on this. Keeping him at Blackpool until the end of the season would be a good idea for the experience. But he has to sign a long term deal. Even though he is on loan, he is one of those squad players we now seem to have an abundance of and would be called immedietly back if we got injuries to DJ or Webcam.
Jaymo_UTV
He has the talent. I agree with krfeskivilla on this. Keeping him at Blackpool until the end of the season would be a good idea for the experience. But he has to sign a long term deal. Even though he is on loan, he is one of those squad players we now seem to have an abundance of and would be called immedietly back if we got injuries to DJ or Webcam.
Jaymo_UTV
He's too small. When I've seen him, he hasn't had enough physicality to be effective. He needs a lot of working out.
evoflash
He's too small. When I've seen him, he hasn't had enough physicality to be effective. He needs a lot of working out.
evoflash
I dont see his size as an issue, hes taller if not the same size as aaaron lennon who plays a similar position. I just dont think MON and the staff at Villa think hes going to make it at the club. I doubt they would have let him out on loan in the shop window when he is free to talk to other clubs in Jan who could guarantee him a start or a realistic chance of first team football. He has downing, young, milner and even albrighton ahead of him at Villa.
pauled177
I dont see his size as an issue, hes taller if not the same size as aaaron lennon who plays a similar position. I just dont think MON and the staff at Villa think hes going to make it at the club. I doubt they would have let him out on loan in the shop window when he is free to talk to other clubs in Jan who could guarantee him a start or a realistic chance of first team football. He has downing, young, milner and even albrighton ahead of him at Villa.
pauled177
Every time I've seen Barry play, he's been hustled off the ball quite easily. I've seen lots of "potential" in lots of players, but I just don't see the next step for young Barry. By the age of 20, Lennon had already represented his country and had 3 seasons of first team playing under his belt. For all that, I know he'll come back and get a hat-trick against the Villa one day!
evoflash
Every time I've seen Barry play, he's been hustled off the ball quite easily. I've seen lots of "potential" in lots of players, but I just don't see the next step for young Barry. By the age of 20, Lennon had already represented his country and had 3 seasons of first team playing under his belt. For all that, I know he'll come back and get a hat-trick against the Villa one day!
evoflash
Aaron Lennon is probably one of the quickest players in the league - Along with Walcott, and Gabby. That said one of the most evasive players on the ball. The difference with Lennon is that he is hard to catch/kick for most players. Is Bannan that quick, is Bannan that skill full ? Answers on a Stamped Addressed envelope.............
Stig
Aaron Lennon is probably one of the quickest players in the league - Along with Walcott, and Gabby. That said one of the most evasive players on the ball. The difference with Lennon is that he is hard to catch/kick for most players. Is Bannan that quick, is Bannan that skill full ? Answers on a Stamped Addressed envelope.............
Stig
I am still waiting for O'Neill to give one of these young lads a chance, Clark, Bannan, Albrighton have all had a sniff and Delfouneso has played a handful of games but we are yet to see O'Neill put his faith into anyone from the academy. Agbonlahor being the only regular to have come through the ranks and to be fair MON wasn't the one who gave him his chance
young_jonah
I am still waiting for O'Neill to give one of these young lads a chance, Clark, Bannan, Albrighton have all had a sniff and Delfouneso has played a handful of games but we are yet to see O'Neill put his faith into anyone from the academy. Agbonlahor being the only regular to have come through the ranks and to be fair MON wasn't the one who gave him his chance
young_jonah
Its a no win situation for MON though, we're trying to get top 4 and every match is huge at the moment, if he were to throw one of the young lads in at the deep end and it didnt work he would be vilified by the masses.
pauled177
Its a no win situation for MON though, we're trying to get top 4 and every match is huge at the moment, if he were to throw one of the young lads in at the deep end and it didnt work he would be vilified by the masses.
pauled177
Bannan is not as quick as Lennon, but IMO far more skilfull. Whether skill on it's own will be enough? He is the nearest thing I have seen to a young Gordon Cowans, and Sid wasn't very big! Young Jonah and pauled are both right, it is extremely difficult for MON with the fans' demands. That's why europe WOULD have been a godsend for three or four of the Academy players. Remember how well they all did pre-season.
krfeskivilla
Bannan is not as quick as Lennon, but IMO far more skilfull. Whether skill on it's own will be enough? He is the nearest thing I have seen to a young Gordon Cowans, and Sid wasn't very big! Young Jonah and pauled are both right, it is extremely difficult for MON with the fans' demands. That's why europe WOULD have been a godsend for three or four of the Academy players. Remember how well they all did pre-season.
krfeskivilla
Keep him! Give him a 4 year deal and loan him out for the rest of the season. He is better than Craig Gardner, so we should sell him and keep Bannan.
Nimmo
Keep him! Give him a 4 year deal and loan him out for the rest of the season. He is better than Craig Gardner, so we should sell him and keep Bannan.
Nimmo
 

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