The main issue that many had with Aston Villa last season was the inexperience which came hand in hand with all of their exciting and undoubtedly talented younger players.
That seems to be the main reason they are looking at former player Gareth Barry, with the possibility of bringing the 32-year-old back to Villa Park for the rest of his career.
You can’t argue against Paul Lambert’s logic in the sense of experience because Barry could provide a much needed, calm influence in the Villa midfield which would have the ability to get the most out of the club’s younger players.
Financially it’s a viable deal because Barry is in the last chunk of his career which means City wouldn’t be able to justify a big fee and he wouldn’t be able to justify a big pay package.
The problem with this return is how he left Villa in the first place to go and play for Manchester City.
A lot of Villa fans are still bitter about the mercenary tendencies he showed to orchestrate that original move and that’s something that many have never forgiven him for.
Barry was even willing to buy out his own Aston Villa contract to force a move to City, which meant he left on poor terms with his former employers which makes a return awkward to ay the least.
It’s probably a deal where he definitely regrets the circumstances of how it happened and came about but he’s always maintained his love and passion for all things Aston Villa.
Things have moved on and it’s time those who still have issues with him did the same.
Barry’s return now creates several positives which outweigh any bad feeling when he first left the club and that’s the aspect of the deal that Lambert, the club and the supporters should all be focusing on.
Villa had a terrible season last time round and are too big a club to let something similar happen heading into the 2013/2014 campaign.
That means if the chance to bring back an experienced former player exists, then it’s something they should look at because Villa need to start moving in the right direction again and Barry will ultimately help them do that.
City have close to ten senior midfielders in their squad, which means it shouldn’t be too hard for Barry to be tempted back. It’s just a case of whether he can be forgiven.
Do you forgive him? Would you welcome him back?
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