Size not an issue for Bannan

The diminutive midfielder is just 5ft 5in, but he is determined to
prove he is big enough for the Premier League. Bannan feels the
likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi show size does not
matter. “Look at the best players in the world. The world champions
and Euro champions are Spain. All the midfielder players are 5ft
8ins maximum,” said Bannan, who has just been called up to the full
Scotland squad. “The best players in the world are Xavi, Iniesta,
Messi. They are all small. I’ve heard a lot of people say ‘your
height this, your height that’. But when you look at players like
that it boosts your confidence. You think if he can do it then why
can’t I? “I’ve always been small – tops didn’t fit me at younger
ages! But it has never affected me when I have stepped out on to
the pitch and I don’t see why it does now.” Bannan is one of number
of Villa prospects to be getting a chance under new boss Gerard
Houllier, and he hopes that will continue. “We’ve had a great youth
system over the years and hopefully a few of us can kick on,” he
added.