According to a report in The Sun, Leeds United are amongst the Championship clubs thought to be interested in signing up Crystal Palace midfielder Barry Bannan, a player who can also operate as a wide man down the flanks. With Leeds United Executive Director Adam Pearson admitting that the Whites are in the hunt for another couple of players before they tie up their work in the summer transfer market, a window that has seen seven players arrive up to press.
Alongside Leeds United, Derby County and Bolton Wanderers are also mentioned by The Sun as being in the frame for Bannan’s signature. The 25-year-old is a player that all three clubs know well having played on-loan at Derby in 2009, on-loan at Leeds in 2011 and on-loan at Bolton last season. It is now believed that Bannan is not part of Palace manager Alan Pardew’s plans for the future after making only seven appearances for Palace last season before going on loan to Bolton.
Should Leeds United manage to sign Bannan, they would be getting a high-volume passer (48 completions per typical 90 minutes last season for Bolton) and a passer with a high passing accuracy (82.3%). Added to this, he also creates shooting opportunities for teammates with 43 of his 866 passes (4.97%) ending as shooting opportunities for teammates. With Leeds’ head coach Uwe Rösler wanting a more pressing, high-octane brand of football, is Bannan a piece that would fit well in that set?
Barry Bannan – Twitter reacts.
There are those who open with a defiant thought…
Get Bazza Bannan back! #lufc
— ventriloquism props (@deancore) August 6, 2015
…to those who are adamant that it shouldn’t happen.
— KayHay. (@kaydobbo) August 6, 2015
There are some who wholeheartedly say go for it…
I'd take Bannan on the basis that we'd play him out wide. Imagine he's progressed since his loan with us too. #lufc
— Michael (@Michael88445) August 6, 2015
…whilst some are not that sure.
Can’t see why we’d go for Barry Bannan. I like the lad, but very similar to Chris Dawson who I’d like to see given a chance #lufc
— I Hate Leeds (@ihatelufc) August 6, 2015
Some say that signing Bannan isn’t a priority…
— Hull Whites (@Tomv321) August 6, 2015
…and they are supported by others.
Actually don't want Barry Bannan. Rather a winger or even a defender before him #lufc
— Milk Boy 1 (@MartynBurn) August 6, 2015
So, in looking at the #lufc Bannan Twitter search, it seems that the reaction of Leeds United fans to news that the club are ‘interested’ in Barry Bannan is one that is definitely a mixed bag of thoughts.