West Bromwich Albion have added a wealth of experience to their ranks with the signing of Gareth Barry from Everton for a reported £1million.
The 36-year-old has been a regular in the Premier League for Aston Villa, Manchester City and Everton since debuting in May 1998.
However, Barry’s opportunities at Goodison Park this season were seemingly going to be limited with Ronald Koeman going with Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin as his two holding midfielders in front of the back four.
With the departure of Darren Fletcher to Stoke City this summer, Tony Pulis has been on the lookout for another central midfield to add to his West Brom side.
Claudio Yacob, Jake Livermore and 19-year-old Sam Field started as the Baggies’ three central midfielders in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Bournemouth to start the new season.
17-year-old Rekeem Harper replaced Field in the final 20 minutes over the weekend due to the lack of depth in Pulis’ side.
Whether Gareth Barry will go straight into the West Brom starting XI for this weekend’s trip to Burnley this weekend remains to be seen, but here are two records that the 53-time England international is set to break this season.
The long-serving midfielder already holds the Premier League record for most yellow cards picked up throughout his career. As long as Gareth Barry picks up at least one yellow card during his time in the West Midlands he will extend his current record.
Barry is currently on 119 yellow cards throughout this career – 20 more than the next two names on the list, Lee Bowyer and Kevin Davies.
Wayne Rooney is next on the list among active players with 97 yellow cards picked up since making his debut in 2002.
Heading into his 20th full season since becoming a regular in the Aston Villa team in 1998-99, Gareth Barry has notched up a staggering 628 Premier League appearances.
This puts the Englishman only four appearances behind the all-time leader Ryan Giggs since the league was rebranded in 1992. Subject to injury, Barry is on course to break the Manchester United legend’s Premier League record this season.
Of players currently in the Premier League, Michael Carrick is next on the list among active players with 479 appearances – 13 less than John Terry who is now plying his trade in the Championship.