West Bromwich Albion Sign This Premier League Veteran: A Masterstroke By Pulis?

West Bromwich Albion have finally managed to land Gareth Barry from Everton to fill up the gap left by Darren Fletcher’s departure. Reportedly, the 36-year-old arrives at Hawthorns on an initial one-year deal for an undisclosed fee, which makes sense given his age. Barry still had one year left on his contract with Everton and was a regular for Ronald Koeman until last season.

The arrival of Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye last season and the emergence of young Tom Davies from the academy has left little space for Barry this time with the midfielder seeking more regular playing time. Barry couldn’t take part in Everton’s opening game win against Stoke City as he had to sit out with an ankle problem.

After signing for the side, Barry said, “I want to come and help the team. That’s always been the same for me wherever I have played. I want to help the team improve, work hard and hopefully add quality.”

Manager Tony Pulis is known for his ability to get the job done much better with aged legs as was seen last season with Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson at the back. And the Welsh manager has managed to pick up an experienced player yet again, who has played over 620 games in the Premier League since breaking into Aston Villa’s senior side back in 1998.

Although not a like for like replacement for Daren Fletcher in terms of aerial dominance, Barry’s technical prowess is definitely way superior to the departed midfielder. This becomes West Brom’s fourth new signing of the summer after the Baggies have brought in Jay Rodriguez, Zhang Yuning and Ahmed Hegazi.

Before their convincing 1-0 win on the opening day of the season against Bournemouth, Pulis had expressed his willingness to add four to five more players to the squad before the transfer window closes and Barry’s arrival hints he wasn’t exaggerating.

Pulis has to work with a very limited budget in the market and he would need more buys like Barry to keep the club’s targets gettable. Though Barry runs the risk of getting injured at such an age, his experience and composure in the midfield could be of tremendous help to the club.

The youth product of Aston Villa, Barry has also played for Manchester City before moving to Everton and was one of England’s national team regulars alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Michael Carrick. Scoring 47 goals and providing 27 assists for the Villans in 398 games, Barry is the ideal English midfielder one would want in the league. He has earned 53 caps for the Three Lions scoring thrice.

The following two tabs change content below.

Facebook Comments

comments

Share This Article

Burnley Re-Ignite Interest In This Prolific Championship Striker: Can He Propel The Clarets Into The Top 10?

Next Story »

Predicted 4-2-3-1 Southampton XI Vs West Ham United: Can The Saints Pick Up Their First Win?

T40 SCOUTING

  • 21 Y/O Norwich City Ace High On The Radar Of Top PL Clubs Including Manchester City: A Scout Report!

    3 weeks ago

    Norwich City star James Maddison has been linked with a move to the Premier League with a number of clubs interested in securing his services this summer. ...

    Read More
  • How Lazio Can Finish Off A Special Season In The Serie A

    1 month ago

    Who do you think of when asked about the teams that play the best football in Europe? Man City? PSG? Bayern? Barcelona? While those giants of the ...

    Read More
  • Chelsea Maintain Their Interest On This Highly Rated Bundesliga Star: A Scout Report

    3 months ago

    Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey’s rise to fame has seen a number of English clubs, including the defending champions Chelsea, being linked with the Jamaican footballer in ...

    Read More
  • Liverpool Linked With €60m Summer Move For 22 Y/O Portuguese Winger: A Scout Report

    3 months ago

    Liverpool are being linked with a summer move for Sporting CP winger Gelson Martins. According to recent reports, the Reds target has a €60m release clause which can only be activated ...

    Read More
  • Naby Keita, The New Liverpool Signing: Does He Possess All The Ingredients To Become A PL Superstar?

    5 months ago

    Liverpool’s recent cameos in the transfer market have raised a lot of eyebrows, especially after the stunning €78.8m coup of Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk in the January ...

    Read More