Carlos Carvalhal raves about Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has praised Barry Bannan.

Carlos Carvalhal has told the Sheffield Telegraph that he could play Barry Bannan anywhere on the pitch and the midfielder would still impress.

Bannan was brought to Wednesday from Crystal Palace in the summer transfer, and he is quickly established his place in the starting line up at Hillsborough.

The Scotland international has made 20 appearances for the Owls this season, helping his side to the edge of the Championship play offs.

And Carvalhal said: “Barry can play anywhere. You could play him at centre-back and he could still do a job. He would maybe have some difficulties heading balls but he understands the game well.

“When we put him in central midfield, we know he can control the rhythm of the game. He understands what he must do. He is an important player for us.”

Bannan’s future has come into doubt in recent times, but according to the Sheffield Telegraph the 26-year-old is ready to commit to the Yorkshire side for the long term.

The former Bolton Wanderers man only has six months remaining on his current deal, but he is expected to sign a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2019.

That will be a major boost for Wednesday, as they plan to make it into the Premier League.

The Owls have made no secret of their desire of being promoted to England’s top tier, and Bannan is likely to have a key role in helping them move up the leagues.

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