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Wanted him to break the record with us.Great pro and would have been great to have kept for experience alone.
He's the best passer of the ball at the club and he'll be sorely missed when we play against teams that concede possession in favor of maintaining a rigid defensive shape. That sounds bad but really, there aren't many of those matches anymore. Mainly just West Brom and Burnley. Most current PL sides are interested in forcing turnovers in midfield and scoring off of the resulting transitions. Barry isn't quick enough to close the gaps that pop up when we lose the ball and, despite his virtues as a passer, he's become more prone to cheap giveaways with age. To put it simply: I don't think he suits our approach anymore with the exception of a few games per season.This is a perfect move for him. West Brom are disciplined positionally and should provide Barry with plenty of protection in midfield. He'll give them good diagonal deliveries to the forwards and the quick passes behind the fullback to find their wingers. He fits their system much better than he fits ours.It's been a joy watching him here and I wish him the best of luck going forward. Thanks for everything, Gareth!
Could have used him as a makeweight for a Chadli bid.
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