Wednesday, 3 August 2011

One to Watch

One to Watch

The second in our series of ones to watch next season in The Premiership is young Scottish midfielder Barry Bannon of Aston Villa.

With all the managerial controversy surrounding the club supporters haven't had much to smile about,  but one thing they have had to look forward to is the fresh crop of young talent emerging and any knowledgeable Villa fan has Bannon earmarked as a player with great potential.

While all eyes were on young Marc Albrighton @ Villa Park last season the young Scot slipped by almost unnoticed
Turning down a chance at boyhood team Celtic's Youth Academy Bannon instead opted for a trial at Villa. After impressing in a youth tournament he signed a two year contract with the club and was part of the successful Youth & Reserve teams where his talent shone through as one for the future.

He eventually made his first team debut in 2009 during Villa's UEFA Cup campaign and as with the majority of young players he served his apprenticeship in the lower Leagues before making his first team debut.

Although small in stature his intelligent play, movement and passing has brought praise from managers and teammates alike. Still only twenty-one this central midfielder who can also play on the wing has already been compared to that of  the now retired Paul Scholes and Barca's Xavi or Iniesta.

With a new season, new manager and some top players leaving Villa this August it could be Bannon's season to shine and just don't so I didn't tell you so when Sir Alex comes knocking!

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