Playmakers that are available for a relatively cost are hard to come by. You just have to look at the valuation of a player like Norwich’s James Maddison who could be sold for £25m this summer to a Premier League club.
The 21-year-old is of course quite young, and he scores even more than he creates, but the difference these types of players can make to your side cannot be underestimated.
Not many players have the vision to make the pass required. Along with a goal poacher, it is the major difference between scoring 38 like we did last season to something more respectable like 60 or even 70. Attacks have to start somewhere.
The absence of such a creator in our ranks is something Garry Monk would have identified very early on. With that lynchpin, chances will always flow more freely. A focal point that players like Jota and Jacques Maghoma can play off, and assist in giving our strikers more ammunition.
If we are looking at Barry Bannan again, I wouldn’t be surprised. As a central midfielder who can create goals, he would fit perfectly into the 4-4-2 system that Garry Monk is likely to employ next campaign.
That’s in an ideal world though. There are other considerations that have to be taken into account. The Scotsman’s wages are believed to be among the highest at Sheffield Wednesday, and it is said to be one of the main reasons that the Owls are considering to offload him.
If that is indeed the case then the prospect of us signing him anyway are low, even without getting into the fact he is a former Villa player. Yet, creativity is a precious commodity. We are going to have to pay if we are to get someone in that can make a difference.
Whether that’s Bannan or someone else, we need someone to help us in the middle of the park. Personally, I would find it hard to accept the Wednesday midfielder, but I do trust Monk to make the right decision. We can’t be too choosy when it comes to playmakers. If they are available for a decent price, we have to consider it.