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I'm a big fan of Barry and rate him highly. He came into the England fold towards the end of their Euro campaign and slotted into that midfield berth brilliantly, I thought his partnership with Stevie looked really good.
My only reservation with this, and again I think this is the same question being asked by alot of Reds, is why are we being linked again to yet another central midfielder? That is surely the one area where we are definitely NOT in need of back-up.
If Rafa sees him coming in to replace someone like Xabi then fair enough. But other than that I can't help thinking Barry would be surplus to requirements with us.
Wingers Rafa, lets see us get linked to a few more of those. Please??
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Well the answer to that question maybe how long will Alonso stay at the club? His been linked with some pretty big names, not that Liverpool isn't but Abroad. And to be honest, who have we got for Midfield cover? we got Gerrard ofk.. Mash ok.. Alonso.. Ok ... then who?
No offence but i hardly would trust Lucas or Leto in a must win game.
YES............and the reason is that without being too old he has bags of premiership experience, has been Villa's outstanding campaigner for a number of years without doubt and is English to boot (something Rafa does get criticised for; being too Wengeresque with the lack of quality english signings, Pennant is the only one I can pick quickly from the back of my brain).
But Barry should be bought with the view of playing him as a left sided utility player (defender) as opposed to an out and out midfielder. We have enough quality in that area. Perhaps give nim a leading midfield role in emergencies or in the Carling Cup.