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Gareth Barry Puts Villa On The Map

Gareth Barry Puts Villa On The Map

Gareth puts Villa on the map.

I am unsure if it is possible but can we get messages of congratulations to Gareth Barry via this forum?

In just four days he has completely blown The England midfield debate wide open. For years we have tried various options, with the two most high profile players, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, consistently failing to gel together. Hargreaves came into the equation and the media tried to manipulate him into a midfield three.

But for years we have constantly extolled the virtues of our captain, to no avail. Erickson constantly overlooked him, to Gareth's frustration. More by chance than design, GB has got his opportunity and he has grabbed it with both hands, and then some. This will have many spin offs for us. GB has quite a way to go on his contract, so his value could easily have rocketed to £20m. Especially when you see how much has been paid for Owen Hargreaves and Michael Carrick.

It is impossible to leave him out of the next squad, but if Nigel Okey Cokey and Ashley Young continue the way they have started the season, then the press will really have to take notice of what is happening at Villa Park. If Gaby Agbonlahor, Luke Moore and Scott Carson can also come up with the goods then for the first time in years Villa can really put themselves on the media map. The value of all the players mentioned would rocket if this happened. Not forgetting Craig Gardner who I personally think can go on to be bigger for the Villa than David Platt.

In just 4 days, Gareth has possibly put a new spring into the Villa revolution. The downside is that he will now be in demand. He is performing better than players who consistently play on a bigger stage and in front of bigger audiences. It will be natural to want this himself. If we can not give him that stage to play in front of full houses, who knows what the future holds. When he runs out at VP in front of several thousand empty seats, who could blame him if he thought about wanting to play in front of a more appreciative audience. This could well be the same for the other players.

I have often said that it will be us, the fans (or lack of them or to many fickle ones) that will hold our club back. This scenario could be just around the corner unless we start to fill VP for every game, starting from now. On a positive note, GB really detests Erickson, and Sunday is a great opportunity to stick one up him for good measure. So how about getting messages to him JF?

Mine would be well done Gareth. The opportunity was long overdue and you did yourself and the Villa proud.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday September 13 2007
Time: 9:19AM


Leave your messages to Barry here and I'll try to make sure they are passed on to him via the media department.
The Fear
13/09/2007 09:21:00
Gareth, simply stunning which is basically no more than I expected, well done.
The Fear
13/09/2007 09:21:00
Well Done! Great Performance. From All at Rotherham Vital
13/09/2007 09:23:00
Well done gareth you were outstanding, you done yourself proud , villa fans proud, villa proud and the whole of england proud. We knew you could do it and now the whole of england know you can do it. Keep it up, thank you.
13/09/2007 09:25:00
Well done Gareth for showing the world what we've known for years. You are pure class. Now show Erickson on Sunday what he missed out on for all those years.
Adam Deuce
13/09/2007 09:26:00
We all knew how good you were and have been shouting "BARRY FOR ENGLAND" for years! About time the England manager listened! Awesome performances Gareth, Long may it continue. Up the Villa!
13/09/2007 09:29:00
2 absolutely brilliant displays. Well done Gareth.
13/09/2007 09:30:00
Gareth you were awesome...!! I haven't seen 2 England midfielders gel like you are Gerrard for some time. Every pass had a purpose...i thought Ferdinand should have backeheeled the ball 2 you when he scored 2!! ha ha!! Now bring on Man City!! UTV
13/09/2007 09:34:00
We've always known you were class, now the world knows. A legend at Villa, England to follow.
13/09/2007 09:43:00
Well done Gareth, you've rescued my faith in the national team for a moment longer. I'd given up on watching the previous 3 matches but i watched the last 2 matches because we had our captain playing.
13/09/2007 09:44:00
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