Saturday, April 20, 2019

A couple of questions about the Gareth Barry proposed transfer from Aston Villa to Liverpool.

These days, high-profile transfers rarely go through without some or all of the party’s involved becoming upset, angry or frustrated. Looking on it is always difficult to see who is in the wrong. Invariably, the player involved gets the blame.

The probable transfer of England international midfield player Gareth Barry from Aston Villa to Liverpool took another twist yesterday when Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill said that Gareth Barry can leave for Liverpool if the Anfield club meet their valuation of him.

It is reported that Liverpool had a second bid of £13million turned down two weeks ago and believed that Villa will only sell for £18million.

“If Liverpool meet our valuation, he will have his express wish to leave Villa Park granted,” said O’Neill yesterday
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Twenty-seven year old one club man Barry criticised his beloved Aston Villa for not battling hard enough to keep him. In fact, Barry remarkably claims that his boss hasn’t spoken to him since the end of last season and since the Liverpool transfer saga began. Can that possibly be true?

Barry is quoted as saying, “Villa kept saying they wanted me to stay but I have not heard from the manager for weeks. It’s seven weeks now since the season finished but while the gaffer’s found time to be a pundit at Euro 2008, he hasn’t found the time to speak to me. Have Villa offered me anything to try to persuade me my future is at Villa Park, not Anfield? Not a thing.”

Martin O’Neill has expressed surprise and barely concealed anger at the comments made by his current skipper. “The chairman and I were surprised at Gareth’s comments,” he said. “Contrary to what he said, we desperately wanted to keep him, and he knows that.”

Barry has made it quite clear to O’Neill and the Villa board that he wants to go to Liverpool. Rafa Benitez is hoping to sell Xabi Alonso to raise some funds for the purchase but he has no firm offers in place.

It is believed that Liverpool will make a higher offer and that it will be accepted as Barry’s position at Villa Park has basically become untenable. That is a fact recognised by Barry who said, “There’s no going back, it’s time for me to move on. I’m desperate to play Champions League football and that’s why I have to leave Villa”.

This whole transfer saga has had a sour taste to it since it started. Liverpool made no secret of their desire to sign the player and Barry made no attempt to deny the rumours. Steve Gerrard spoke publicly about his wish for Barry to join him at Anfield.

Martin O’Neill has been publicly critical of Liverpool’s pursuit of Barry, suggesting that in a round about way, they had ‘tapped him up’ in much the same way Sir Alex Ferguson has accused Real Madrid of doing with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Barry has made his desire to move quite clear now and I suggest O’Neill wouldn’t want to keep him, whether he had previously wanted to or not.

If the Liverpool boardroom feud between Hicks and Gillett kicks off again and the funds for the move are not forthcoming then I can’t really see how the broken bridges between O’Neill and Barry could be mended. He really does have to move on.

There are two questions that scream out from this saga at me demanding to be answered. Firstly about the nature of transfers and secondly about the qualities of Gareth Barry.

The first question is whatever happened to a club deciding they wanted to buy someone and approaching that club with a view to gaining permission to talk to the player. The player’s club then decided whether to grant permission or not and things went from there. It seemed a pretty workable system and a fairly civilised way of doing things. When did it all become the unseemly and embarrassing bun fight into which it has now developed?

The second question is perhaps even more difficult to answer. Is the twenty-seven year old English international midfielder Gareth Barry a better player than the twenty-six year old Euro 2008 winning midfield player Xabi Alonso?

Will the replacement of Alonso with Barry take Liverpool to the next level where they can realistically and seriously challenge Manchester United and Chelsea for the Premiership?

They are both fine players but I must be missing something if Barry is deemed to be significantly better than Alonso.

Can anyone answer either of my questions?

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Graham Fisher


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bobTrouser

it’s not necessarily about who is the ‘best’ player. It’s more about which players suit a particular system, or compliment each others abilities. Alonso and Gerrard don’t seem to play together all that well. Lampard and Gerard definitely don’t play together well. Barry and Gerrard could make an excellent balanced midfield. as a villa fan i remember mortimer and bremner. neither of which were england regulars, or even considered likely, but they won the league as part of a team. England in the past have always suffered from the same ‘pick the 11 best players in the country’ syndrome, rather… Read more »

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Good questions I’d like to get an answer to myself. Read/heard somewhere Rafa has this policy of keeping a given part of the team/squad British/Irish. Can’t think of any other reason a player of Barry’s qualities is rated above Xabi’s. It’s a crazy world and Villa’s price tag of 18 million and our willingness to go by it just proves it. Barry’s not the way forward/upward, it’s more of the same we had the last 18 years. Keane I can see the point in trying to sign, but not this mediocre nobody. Is footy management really that hard?

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Tony

first point i agree with,it should be club to club negiations but it seems the way of the agent is now the main currancy of the world of football, followed by the player then the club. on the question if barry is better than alonso then i’d have to say no, but it is important to remember that Alonso is a central midfield and thats it, while barry can play in serveral posistions well, so this makes him valueable to rafa who likes to have an adpatable team on the pitch IMHO. Barry will end up going to liverpool for… Read more »

pap
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pap

Barry will be used as a right sidedack up to mascherano

anonymous
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http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11677_3449912,00.html Laursen on Crouch: “This is a club who are going places. We have a lot of good young players here, so an England striker like Peter Crouch should be interested in coming to Aston Villa.” Young on Crouch: “I’d love to see him here because he’s such a clever player,” Young, who is the record signing for Villa, said in the Mirror. “He’s gangly and awkward-looking but he’s got incredible feet and he knows where the goal is. “It seems to be only talk but if he came here in the January transfer window it would be great because… Read more »

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Keith SA

Firstly the news that LFC wanted Barry was leaked by the Villa, this was confirmed by the reporter that wrote the story. Rafa did speak to Maureen O’ Squeal who promptly threw his toys out of the cot and then proceeded to throw the cot out of the window. When the approach was made public all and sundry had their say, which can be laid directly at MON door and the way he has reacted. A dignified response is what was needed, a talk with his captain expressing his desire to build the Villa team around him and then if… Read more »

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Dave

Liverpool were quite open with the fact that they were interested in Garreth Barry – why is it always Liverpool that is looked on badly when it is they that are involved.Why has Alex Ferguson got away with it for over the past twenty years? – he has openly per’sued players and unsettled them,and has continued to do so ! – but then complains when Real Madrid ( who have also been doing it for years), openly state that they would like to have Ronaldo playing for them. There is definately a different rule for the likes of Ferguson !… Read more »

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The answer : 1. Martin O Neil is making a mess out of this transfer. Rafa has said a million times that he wants to but Barry and Neil has slammed back a million times that he does not want to sell his skipper. Rafa has the intentions of making Barry a World Class player not only for Liverpool but for England as well and the only way to do that is playin Champions League football. It doesnt take a rocket scientist to understand that but Neil is making life difficult for Barry and himself. He has promised Barry things… Read more »

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Firstly in response to your question about the seemingly uncivilised nature of transfers I believe it is just another knock on effect from the huge amounts of money in the game these days. The big 4 are the only clubs accused of doing it but in all reality every club at some point or another uses whatever media tricks or underhand means necessary to unsettle a player or at least make them aware of another teams interest. So I find it extremly hypocritical from supporters who will condemn any club for using tapping up tactics when the reality of the… Read more »

wayne
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Don’t Liverpool need more Homegrown players in there squad ? hence Barry for Alonso

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