Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan sets goals target for new season

General view of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium

The Scotland international enjoyed an excellent first season with the Championship club.

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan looks dejectedSheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan has told the Sheffield Star how many goals he hopes to score during the coming season.

The 26-year-old was hugely influential during his first season at Hillsborough, helping the Owls reach the play-off final. However, he was hardly prolific in front of goal, scoring just twice in the Championship and three times in all competitions.

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan applauds the fans

Nevertheless, the Scotland international clearly sees no reason why he cannot make a drastic improvement in that part of his game as he outlined his target for the new campaign. 

"I had a good first season at the club but I didn't score enough goals," he told the Star.

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan in action with Brighton's Bruno

"Hopefully this season I can score more goals to help the team.

"I set a target last year but didn't reach it last year. I would like to get 10 goals. Anywhere around eight or 10 would be good."

Hull City's Tom Huddlestone in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan

Although the former Aston Villa man clearly has the quality to reach his target, his career record suggests that he will have to adapt his game slightly as hitting his target would see him score more times than he has done during his entire league career.

But having now established himself in a way that he perhaps failed to at all of his previous clubs - with none of his old sides did he make more starts than he has done with the Owls - he may well be confident that he can now begin to back up his obvious quality by contributing plenty of goals. 

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