The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker

SH­EFFIELD Wed­nes­day mid­fielder Barry Bannan has sung the praises of team­mate Adam Reach, in­sist­ing he has been the Owls’ player of the sea­son.

Af­ter reach­ing the play­offs in both the last two years, this cam­paign has been a dis­ap­point­ment for the Hills­bor­ough club, with a poor start cost­ing man­ager Car­los Carvalhal his job.

His suc­ces­sor, Jos Luhukay, has since man­aged to lift Wed­nes­day clear of any relegation trou­ble af­ter a sticky start to his time in charge.

Bannan be­lieves Reach has been a real driv­ing force as his side have strug­gled for con­sis­tency, with the 25-year-old mid­fielder even cap­tain­ing them on oc­ca­sion.

Scot­land in­ter­na­tional Bannan, 28, said: “He’s played nearly ev­ery minute. It’s a tough league and he’s a fit boy. He’s looked af­ter him­self and his per­for­mances have been bril­liant.

“There are quite a few to be fair – big At­dhe Nuhiu has done re­ally well.

“I could say a few more, but I would think my vote would be for Adam Reach. I think he’s had a great sea­son.

“There have been two dif­fer­ent parts to the sea­son. It’s just try­ing to find a con­sis­tency, and that’s why I would have voted for Adam be­cause he’s been con­sis­tent.”

Reach strug­gled for that con­sis­tency in his first year at the Owls af­ter sign­ing from Mid­dles­brough but seems to have set­tled this time, with his cam­paign in­clud­ing one of the goals of the sea­son at As­ton Villa back in Novem­ber.

Bannan said: “He changed po­si­tions as well be­cause he was nor­mally a wide player, but when the new man­ager came in he went into the mid­dle and added to his game.

“It’s dif­fi­cult as a wide player. You are tak­ing peo­ple on, and as a mid­fielder you need to tackle and read the game. I thought he did re­ally well.”

IM­PRES­SIVE: Adam Reach

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