Kip, seems to me, that Barry is a very professional footballer, so doubt he'd play below perfomance just out of protest of not getting the move he wants. I'm still not sold on if we need him or not. Not because I don't rate the player, I do rate him, but I'm not sure that he's an improvement over Alonso, who is likely to leave if or when Barry comes in. However, there is no denying when you see them playing for England, that Gerrard and Barry have a very good understanding, so it not a question of matching up a couple players and comparing them as individuals, but more fitting them into a system, and asking does the system oveall improve. Therefore I doubt Barry will outshine 90% of the team (remember that means he's going to have to outshine players like Torres, Gerrard, and Mascherano), but do think he may strengthen the overall squad.