Everton boss Ronald Koeman is busy reshaping and building up his Toffees squad ahead of the new Premier League season, with the promise of further additions to come. Gareth Barry, an integral player in midfield, could be one left out in the re-shuffle so What Are The Odds looks at what might be next for the former England international.
Now 36, Gareth Barry featured in 33 games for Everton last season, scoring twice and assisting once. He clearly still has the bit between his teeth, tallying up 10 yellow cards in the process. However, with players being linked for his position and arrivals already through the door it’s looking likely game time for the Englishman will be limited.
Step forward West Bromwich Albion, the Baggies are currently priced at 8/11 (1.73) with Sky Bet bookmaker to snap up Barry and likely make him a replacement for now departed veteran Darren Fletcher. The move would make a lot of sense and the style of play from Tony Pulis’ side would likely favour Garry Barry in his career twilight.
Aston Villa who once again mean business in the Championship (after picking up John Terry) would likely welcome the opportunity to bring ‘home’ their former midfielder. With over a decade at Villa before moving on to Man City the move would be logical, but at this time odds of 10/1 (11.0) don’t offer much hope on the move going through. It’s likely that Barry still feels he has another season of Premier League football in his locker and there will be no shortage of doubters in his ability to go one more season.
Brighton at 10/1 (11.0) and Newcastle at 20/1 (21.0) are again ‘the usual suspects’ being linked with a player that would add much needed experience to their respective midfields, but neither looks likely at this point in time. Multiple reports online including from the Express and Star are linking Barry to West Brom, so it would be unlikely he would make the move to either promoted club.
Remaining at Everton is also an option for the 36 year-old but the lack of first team football would likely be an issue, with Sky Bet only giving the Toffees odds of 6/4 (2.50) on a Goodison Park stay.
Probability of Gareth Barry's next club
|Next Club||Gareth Barry Transfer Odds||Probability|
|West Bromwich Albion||8/11||57.89%|
|Stay at Everton||6/4||40.00%|