Football FanCast columnist Lewis Doe thinks Gareth Barry’s proposed move to Liverpool is now virtually set
Gareth Barry will make the journey to Merseyside at the end of the season
and Aston Villa has no one to blame but themselves.
The failure to secure Champions League football for next season equipped
with the traumas of the past are enough to push Barry out of the door and into
a move he has clearly wanted for a long time.
It is unlikely the move will take place without a lot of hassling over terms
and compensation. After all, Barry is skipper of Villa and arguably their best
player, it would take a very bad club not to do whatever it took to keep their
greatest pulling factor.
But such is the way of the football world, if Barry wants out then it is
most likely he will get what he desires. Speaking in the Guardian he said: “I’ve
learnt a lot from what happened and last season I learned a lot off the pitch,
I’m looking for a completely opposite scale of things and I’m confident it
won’t be one of those sagas again. There are things I’ll do differently. I’m
not dreading it at all. I know what’s coming. From the experience of last year
I’m hoping to deal with it better.”
“It would be disrespectful to the fans
and the club if I’m thinking about anything else rather than trying to get
maximum points from the last four games.”
No doubt the manager, Martin O’Neill, will have quite a bit to say about any
potential move and although he has shown faith in Barry, keeping him as
captain, the friction could well erupt before Barry moves to Anfield.
Transfer sagas are now part and parcel of the game but the player generally
tends to come out the winner. Aston Villa would do well to accept that the move
is now almost certain to happen and end their relationship with Barry well as
opposed to facing the scenario of having one of their best ever players
verbally abused every time he comes back to Villa Park.
Barry is arguably the most noticeable
player over the last season or two that has stepped up his level of individual
performance to fulfil potential that everyone has always known he has. His
pivotal England performances as well as mastery at Villa have lead to an
impressive amount of audible praise and put him in the eyesight of one of the
biggest clubs in this country. Good luck to him.