We got to see Gareth Barry at Anfield yetserday when we beat Villa 5-0. He did not have the best of games for Villa yesterday but he has been great for most parts of the season. There is still a lot of speculation that Barry will leave Villa in the summer in search of playing in the Champions League. For some parts of the season it looked as if Villa could pip Arsenal for the 4th place and they themselves could play in the Champions League next season but now Villa are slipping and may not finish 4th. Rafa has not come out and said he still wants Barry but I guess he still thinks Barry would be a good addition to the team. If Rafa does indeed sign Barry in the summer, where would Barry fit in the current setup at Anfield?
Last summer the plan was to sell Alonso and replace him with Barry. That would have just been a simple straight forward swap in our midfield. But now Alonso has had a blinder of a season for us and has to be up there with Steven Gerrard as our player of the season. I hope Rafa does not decide to sell Alonso this summer. We need him. If Rafa were to get Barry, I hope Alonso also stays. If we could rotate Alonso, Mascherano and Barry as our central midfielders we would now have that extra bit of class in our squad for the central midfield position. And not to forget we would also have Lucas. So for me, signing Barry in the summer should not mean one of Alonso, Mascherano or Lucas should leave but rather, Barry should be an addition to our squad if we are to seriously challenge again next season and go all the way.
Where do you think Barry would fit in if we signed him?