Five key passes, 103 touches: Crystal Palace loanee Barry Bannan shines for Bolton

Barry Bannan ran the midfield in Bolton Wanderers' 3-1 win over Fulham on Tuesday night.

On-loan Crystal Palace midfielder Barry Bannan enjoyed a stellar home debut for Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night, helping Neil Lennon’s side dispatch Fulham 3-1 with an excellent all-round showing.

Shaun Hutchinson gave the visitors the lead on 21 minutes, before Wanderers equalised on the stroke of half-time when Saidy Janko's cross was headed home by Eidur Gudjohnsen.

The teenager then put Bolton in front with 10 minutes left with a 25-yard stunner, before Adam La Fondre sealed the win at the death following an error from Marcus Bettinelli.

Manchester United loanee Janko understandably stole most of the headlines with his wonder goal, but the star performer on the night was arguably the diminutive Bannan in the centre of the pitch.

The Scotland international might not have got on the scoresheet or recorded an assist but, with a match-leading five key passes, 72 passes and 103 touches, as well as some impressive defensive numbers, he was easily the busiest player at the Macron Stadium.

  Total Key PassesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTotal CrossesAccurate CrossesTotal TacklesDuels WonDuel SuccessInterceptionTouchesDispossessedMins Played
Barry Bannan 5 72 86% 14 5 5 6 50 2 103 4 89

With a first win in four games pushing Bolton up to 13th in the Championship table, the club's winter transfer window additions look like set to play a crucial role in the line-up over the second half of the season, with Lennon hinting that Bannan's move could become permanent in the summer if he impresses.

“It will depend how he goes, whether he settles, but there’s definitely a possibility,” he told the Bolton News last week. “He’s a player I like, and he’ll do a very good job at this level.”

More performances like the one on Tuesday will certainly serve to convince Lennon of his worth and, with Alan Pardew deeming him expendable at Selhurst Park, the former Aston Villa man will have a few months to audition for a long-term role in the Northern Irishman's plans.

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