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West Bromwich Albion sign Gareth Barry on one-year deal

Wednesday 16th August 2017
As many of us have been debating about the transfer window closing before the season starts next year, many clubs are still taking advantage of this seasons still-open transfer window. One club who have just made a big-name signing is West Bromwich Albion. They have just signed Everton veteran midfielder, Gareth Barry on a permanent deal.

With a number of players brought in to the Everton squad this summer, English midfielder Gareth Barry felt he needed a new challenge. West Bromwich Albion feels that he will fit right in as he possesses great experience and real knowledge of the game.

Tony Pulis will have kept a close eye on him as well as his assistant, Gary Megson, who would've also been keeping tabs. Barry isn't the only addition brought in this summer to The Baggies. Jay Rodriguez joined from Southampton for an undisclosed fee.
West Bromwich Albion also loaned in Egyptian defender, Ahmed Hegazy from Al Ahly. The six-foot-five defender scored the only goal against AFC Bournemouth in a 1-0 win.

Gareth Barry will be bringing a bit of professionalism to the club as he has years of experience and can prove to be an example towards younger squad members. At 36-years-old Barry has played more than enough games throughout his career. Out of his 771 appearances, 628 have been in the Premier League. Just four behind Ryan Giggs who holds the record of 632 Premier League appearances.

Gareth Barry's career has spanned all the way back to 1997. He was part of the Brighton youth set up before joining Aston Villa's youth squad; where he eventually broke into the first team in 1998. Part of England's youth teams, he worked his way up and finally made the main team in 2000. Barry went on to play 53 times for England and scored three times.
There was one more club that he appeared for and that was Manchester City. Between 2009 and 2014 Gareth Barry won the FA Cup and Premier League with them. He was part of the team that infamously won the Premier League against QPR 3-2 on the last day of the season. He was actually brought off during the 69th minute being replaced by Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian went on to make it 2-2 before Aguero won the match right at the last second.

Gareth Barry is one of the more respected players. Although seen as an old fashioned rough and tumble type of midfielder, he is a hard worker. He also isn't the type of player to moan. If the manager tells him what to do he'll do as he is told.

He will be seen as a positive signing at West Brom and can teach other players a thing or two from his own books. Gareth Barry can offer abilities such as strength, defensive awareness and good passing. He also has that winning mentality and has the focus to drive other squad members.

Being under the reign of Tony Pulis, Gareth Barry is certainly that type of player who can get along perfectly with him. It's a perfect signing for The Baggies and he will fit right in.
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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