Leeds United: I’m better back at Aston Villa - Bannan

Barry Bannan.
Barry Bannan.
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BARRY BANNAN has spoken of his frustration after his disappointing loan spell at Leeds United.

The Scottish international midfielder, right, returned to parent club Aston Villa late last week after his temporary stint at United – scheduled to last for the rest of the season – was cut short with the Midlanders recalling him.

And the 21-year-old, who started just three matches for United after joining on loan in early March, insists he is better off warming the bench at Villa than at Leeds.

Bannan, who rebuffed interest from Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City to join the Whites, but played just 296 minutes – less than five hours – for Simon Grayson’s troops, said: “I thought I was going to Leeds to play almost every game. It didn’t turn out that way, so it got a bit frustrating in the end.

“Villa kept in contact with me. Gordon Cowans (first-team coach) phoned me up and asked me what was happening after I didn’t start a couple of games.

“I’d rather sit on the bench here (at Villa) than at Leeds because this is my club and this is my city now where I live with my family and my girlfriend.

“At Leeds, I played a couple of games, did well and benefited from those games. But I wanted to play more than I actually did, otherwise there wasn’t much point in me going.

“I could have stayed here (at Villa) and I’ve have probably been in and around the squad and on the bench maybe. You never know, I could have played as well.”

Bannan was recalled by caretaker Villa boss and former Whites manager Gary McAllister, deputising for the recuperating Gerard Houllier, last Thursday and was in the Villa squad for Saturday’s West Midlands derby at West Brom.

And with Villa safe from relegation, McAllister has reportedly pencilled him in for some action in the last few games of the season.

On his surprise return, Bannan added: “It’s great to be back. I’ve done well and Macca’s put me straight back in the squad, so it’s a big boost.

“You obviously know then that he’s behind you.”

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