Gareth Barry is the epitome of durability and consistency that many Premier League players try to emulate. The record holder of the most appearances in the league at 653 matches is looking for one more glory day in the top flight. Barry was relegated playing for West Brom last season but still harbours hope of playing in the top flight next season.

WestBrom currently lies in the play-off places and have been on a good run of form in the Championship in recent weeks. The recent 2-0 victory away at Barry’s former side Aston Villa made it 6 wins in 7 away games for the club. In addition West Bromhave kept four clean sheets in the last 5 matches and sit just 4 points of the final automatic slot with a game in hand.

Gareth Barry has proved important in the quest for promotion making a total of 21 appearances in the league. He has started 13 matches and feature 7 times as a substitute and looks active which belies his age. The former Manchester City ace turns 38 on Saturday and looks in prime physical condition to play for a few seasons.

Barry had a trying period last season when he was involved in the infamous Taxigate alongside Jonny Evans, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill. Despite this incident, the veteran midfielder remained with the club in the summer after relegation.
“His record of 653 games looks safe as the next active player James Milner is 147 appearances “behind and turns 34 this season. it would take Milner 4 seasons to meet this tally which looks highly unlikely as “his appearances would reduce “ as he gets older.

Barry has enjoyed a Career that has spanned 4 different clubs in Aston Villa, Manchester City, Everton and West Brom where he is considered as a cult hero. It would be a befitting tribute to his career if he can secure promotion to the Premier League for one last hurray.