Date: 16th October 2007 at 12:21pm
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David Platt, what are you on about?

The former Villa and England midfielder has apparently opened his gob in The Star saying that Gareth Barry will need to move from Villa to become an England great.

I’m sorry, did I miss something? I’ve looked on The Stars website (good grief, I’ll not be going back there) which doesn’t cover the interview and to be fair I’ve not looked at the paper to check the quotes because a) it would mean I had to go out into the real world b) I’d be embarrassed to pick up that paper!

However if the gist from the BBC teletext is accurate, he says Barry needs to move to a bigger club. Now if he had said this a year ago before Martin O’Neill and more importantly Randy Lerner arrived, I’d have totally agreed and so – according to recent quotes – would Gareth Barry himself. He admitted he was looking at his options before the major changes happened and who could have blamed him?

But now? Why would he need to move, we have a manager who seems to get the plaudits and has received high praise recently from the players including the Villa skipper himself, we have an ambitious billionaire in charge, a man who is determined to restore Villa’s place at the top.

I’d hate to see the theory tested with bids from Manchester United, Arsenal or Liverpool I must admit and that was part of the reason I was so amazed at the poor summer in the transfer market, to keep the quality players we HAVE to add quality. The players careers are short and players like Barry want to be winning things. Can he do that at Villa? You betcha, but we’ve got to do more than talk.

So David Platt, you seem to forget you got into the England set up whilst at Villa as have others! Barry has been given a chance and to date taken that chance with both hands, it would be a fool to leave him out of the set up now.

Lee Lindsay said in an article comment: JF, Can you mention that David Platt talks absolute rubbish constantly about AVFC and he’s the most embarrassing pundit on tv today. Guys, please ignore what ever he says. it’s an embarrassment he played for us and for England…. One would question if he even understands the game….. Fool

Barry stays, Villa CANNOT sell quality like this, period.