Aston Villa's Jack Grealish praises Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa in action during a training session at Bodymoor Heath training ground on September 13, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Barry Bannan came through the ranks at Aston Villa and he is now proving his worth with Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship.

Barry Bannan of Sheffield Wednesday walks out for the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday at John Smith's Stadium on September 15, 2019 in...

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish has praised Barry Bannan after he helped Sheffield Wednesday record a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Sunday afternoon.

Grealish stated that midfielder Bannan was 'Man of the Match' during the Championship clash, as ex-Birmingham City boss Garry Monk picked up three points in his first game in charge. 

 

Monk wasn't the only manager taking charge of his first game, with Huddersfield also appointing Danny Cowley as their new boss during the international break. 

Nonetheless, Grealish, who came through the same academy as Bannan at Bodymoor Heath, sent this message about the ex-Villa man from his personal Instagram account. 

Grealish message to Bannan

That win has moved Wednesday into ninth place and they are four points behind current table-toppers Leeds United, who won their own Yorkshire derby against Barnsley on the same day. 

In the game itself, Steven Fletcher headed Wednesday into the lead after 10 minutes, with Bannan providing Sam Winnall for his goal 18 minutes from time. 

Nonetheless, Bannan will be hoping to follow the same road Grealish took Aston Villa down last season when they earned promotion via the Championship play-off final. 

In March, Villa were down and out in their race for promotion, but Grealish returned from a three-month lay-off and guided the club to a 10-match winning run. 

Bannan, himself has had his fair share of injury problems, so have his Wednesday teammates, but if they can stay fit then they'll be hopeful of making those play-offs, at the very least. 

Jack Grealish and manager Dean Smith of Aston Villa lifts the trophy during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium on May 27,...

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