BARRY Bannan admits it is a “make-or-break” season for his Villa career as he strives to become a first-team regular under Paul Lambert.
Bannan started ten Premier League matches and two cup ties and made 20 substitute appearances in all competitions during the 2011-12 campaign.
But with the Scottish midfielder now aged 22, he feels he must become one of the “main players” if he is to have a future in claret and blue.
“It’s probably make or break for me this season if I’m being honest,” said Bannan. “It’s a big, big season. I’m 22 now and I’ve got to be playing so hopefully I can have a strong pre-season and show the gaffer what I’m about.
“My aim this season is to be one of the main players in this team.”
Bannan, who came through the ranks at the Bodymoor Heath academy after joining Villa at 14, has two years remaining on his contract.
And he knows that three-and-a-half years after his debut for the club the time has come to add to his total of 27 starts and 27 substitute cameos.
“I definitely think there’s a lot more to come from me and I haven’t fulfilled my potential just yet,” he said.
“I think I’ve shown it in flashes but not quite enough over a period of time.
“It’s hard, especially last season as well when we weren’t really winning games. It’s tough for us.
“But hopefully this season with the new gaffer we’ll start winning games and hopefully I can be a big part of that team.