Nevertheless, one man who definitely stands far and away from this class is the good Gareth Barry, who has earned excessive reward from almost each membership he has performed for.
Would you are taking Gareth Barry again now?
He signed on an preliminary one-year deal from Everton for simply £1m in 2017 and went on to function 61 instances for the Baggies and as soon as once more endear himself to a brand new set of followers.
The midfielder at the moment holds the accolade for many Premier League appearances (with 653) and the record-breaking Englishman featured prominently for West Brom as he tried to assist them keep away from relegation, albeit to no avail. Nevertheless, he did file a strong SofaScore score of 6.74 through the 2017/18 marketing campaign.
The next season, the reliable cult hero caught round to attempt to assist them again up. He once more featured closely, however they fell brief, ending fourth.
Regardless of this, Barry remained an unflappable presence of their midfield. He had an distinctive tendency to all the time be in the proper place to snuff out hazard, however then possessed the standard to play his manner by means of.
To assume that in his place now’s Jake Livermore, who’s a part of the mess that has seen the Baggies fall as little as they’re. He has only a 6.70 common SofaScore score this season, and might solely muster a 78% cross accuracy. He has additionally managed simply 0.7 tackles a match and 0.3 clearances, worse than that of the aforementioned Barry over 4 years in the past.
Tony Pulis made an extremely shrewd signing when bringing the skilled ace to the Hawthorns, and with a bit extra high quality round him, they could have stood extra of an opportunity at survival.
In any case, they did have, as Steve Madeley labelled him, a “legendary” midfielder of their arms. He continued by calling him a “Premier League nice”, citing his “fabulous profession” that got here to a detailed in 2020.
To herald this sort of calmness will surely assist out Steve Bruce now, who’s struggling to steer what looks like a sinking ship. As they sit twenty first, with simply one win from ten, they might do with a person like Barry to exchange Livermore within the holding function.
His expertise and high quality would serve them properly with their aspirations of a return to the Premier League. It’s only a disgrace he isn’t nonetheless round to supply qualities that Albion are fairly evidently craving.