Sheffield Wednesday: Barry Bannan included in the PFA Championship Team of the Year

Barry Bannan
Barry Bannan

Midfield maestro Barry Bannan has been named in the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Championship Team of the Year.

The Scotland international has been one of their standout performers since arriving on a free transfer from Aston Villa last August.

Bannan, who can utilised in the middle of the park or on the left flank, has racked up 36 appearances in all competitions, hitting two goals. His creativity and tireless work rate has won over the Wednesday’s fans.

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Bannan’s impressive performances led to the Owls tying him down a long-term contract three months ago.

It is the second year in a row a Wednesday player has been selected in the team, which is voted for by the players. Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood got the nod 12 months ago after keeping 17 Championship clean sheets.

For the first time in the PFA’s voting history, there was a tied vote, with Daniel Ayala and Michael Dawson sharing the centre-back position.

The full team is: Goalkeeper - Tom Heaton (Burnley); defenders - Bruno (Brighton), Ayala (Middlesbrough)/Michael Dawson (Hull City), Michael Keane (Burnley), George Friend (Middlesbrough); midfielders - Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough), Alan Judge (Brentford), Joey Barton (Burnley), Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday); strikers - Ross McCormack (Fulham), Andre Gray.

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