Aston Villa fans have taken to Twitter to gush over former Villan Gareth Barry.
This comes after Villa fan Twitter account @Total_Villa shared a post on their page that included video footage originally posted by the official Villa Facebook account of one of Barry’s goals for the club.
The goal in question came in Villa’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur back in 2006.
The post was captioned with the page asking their followers just how good was Barry in his prime.
Is Gareth Barry a Villa club legend?
This post then gathered a lot of replies from Villa fans who were keen to share their praise for the Englishman.
Here’s a sample of Villa fans responding to the post:
How good was Gareth Barry in his prime? ?
• 12 Years at Aston Villa
• 441 Appearances across all competitions
• 52 Goals
• 8th most appearances in Villa history
• 53 England Caps
— Total Villa (@Total_Villa) March 28, 2020
Probably the most underrated player we’ve had in the last 20 years. He wasn’t appreciated until he was gone. Shame!
— J (@Jasto_avfc) March 28, 2020
Top footballer and had real quality. Although most bemoaned his lack of pace, he had it upstairs.
— Mark Page #AVFC (@paggler) March 28, 2020
He certainly does. Hugely underrated in my view. Loved seeing him develop from a shy 17yr old into a great professional. Great player.
— Roger Goldman (@RogerLionHeart) March 28, 2020
The 39-year-old made 428 appearances for the Birmingham club during his time at Villa Park where he managed to score 50 goals and provide 27 assists (per Transfermarkt). Barry first joined Villa as part of the U18 squad back in 1997 before finally leaving the club in 2009 for a move to Manchester City (per Transfermarkt). Now that this footage of Barry’s goal against Tottenham has been doing the rounds on Twitter, this has given lots of Villa fans the opportunity to reflect on the midfielder’s time at the club.
One of the best to play for us. Definitely a LEGEND!
— $KILL$ PAY BILLZ ? AVFC ?? (@skillspaybillz) March 28, 2020
I really thought he’d break the all time playing record from Charlie Aitkin. Was gutted to see him leave, such class on the ball
— nicknackjames (@nicknackjames1) March 29, 2020
Yes, a true Villa legend!
— Mark Edwards ??? (@MarkEUFC) March 28, 2020
What do we think?
Looking at these replies, Barry, who is valued at £360k (as per Transfermarkt), certainly left an impact at the club he spent the majority of his career at as well as the fans who still appreciate him.