Date: 23rd May 2006 at 4:16pm
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The Birmingham Mail are claiming that progressive and ambition Tottenham Hotspur are about to bid for Gareth Barry.

Spurs boss Martin Jol is known to be a long time admirer of our left sided midfielder (and sometimes left back) and wants to take the 24-year-old to White Hart Lane.

In my ever so humble opinion Gareth Barry was the player who kept us up last year with his determination and skill. If we sell him then we really will be putting up the white flag.

O’Leary has recently said that the only players that he won’t consider selling are Barry and Steven Davis, but with a £4million in the offing, his resolve might be severely tested by the mad lust of chairman Doug for cash.

What makes the link even more worrying is that Gareth Barry was a boyhood fan of Spurs.

Barry, who acted as captain several times when Olof Mellberg was injured was voted by team mates as Villa’s Player of the Year.

Barry has two years left on his contract so the menace of B6 is bound to want to cash in, especially with the financial mess he has made of Villa.

Barry, who scored six goals last season, has been known to be upset at the amount of positional changes he has had to do and can’t have missed the total difference between Spurs and Villa with the Spurs board now doing what our lot are incapable of doing, choosing a decent manager and backing him.

I fear Barry will jump at the chance of a move whether O’Leary wants him to stay or not, especially after the left sided midfielder was scandalously ignored by Sven for the English squad.




  • Lets just hope they are listening and that DOL is true to his word about him not being for sale. I can here it now though well the player was unhappy and I dont keep unhappy players, thats why we sold him for 50p in the end!!

  • I think if he was selected for the cup squad, he might have stayed. But I can’t see him staying at Villa; if there was a light at the end of the tunnel, then perhaps is would but that is the problem – there is no foreseeable end to the current regime and

  • He’s my favourite player at Villa, they’d better not sell him! he goes we go….. down.

  • Lets face it, Barry has been very happy at Villa under Doug but not so happy under O’Dreary. If he goes it’s O’Dreary’s fault. I for one will give up all hope if they sell Barry without having VERY significant funding to really build for the future and

  • If he comes to us then he will be our new left back with reports that we are signing the next Robben in Ryan Babel coming out of the lane this afternoon who will be our left winger – him and Chimbonda at right back will do very nicely thanks! I fear for V

  • so this boy is good then yes, what kid of a player is he? does he have pace? skill? passing ability?

    spurs fan just wanna know if he is worth me getting excited about

  • Dont think the Villa fans will want us discussing our players on their site – but yes he is very very good. You will see in the WC.

  • TitanYid where did you get your info from on Babel? How trustworthy is your source? This woup be an excellent signing I hope your right.

  • Maybe spurs could get the best out of him and push him forward in his career as well..

  • Ive always been a gareth barry fan….A few reasons, versatile, no slouch pace wise , great tackler , comfortable on the ball , gives 100% always, team player , loyal when could have looked to move on ages ago especially as it was clear svens no villa fan

  • Spurs are the kind of club that would suit GB down to the ground, unfortunately. I can’t think of the last time we turned an offer down for a player, so if it comes in I fear the worst.

    What would we replace a left back, centre back, left and centre m

  • Excuse my french but sod Barry and look at babel

  • If it is to play left back I do not think it would appeal. However I believe he is a spurs fan, and may wish to be part of their youthful “revolution”

  • if we sell him we need a player who is on a par or better to replace him… Kieran Richardson springs to mind, if they wont sell how about a loan deal even the Baggies achieved that.

  • Would be a disaster if he went and a sad indictment of how far we have fallen. Would agree with The Fear that he was our best player last season. He should be captain

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