Barry has been unfortunate due to the variety of midfield players Manuel Pellegrini has at his disposal, which forced the England man to seek football away from the Etihad Stadium for the rest of the season.
Everton have managed to get an extremely experienced and efficient Premier League player who has fitted into Roberto Martinez’ side quickly, having an instant effect at Goodison Park.
Here’s how he’s shaping up against one of City’s midfield regulars this season, Fernandinho.
Both players have started every Premier League game they’ve been selected for this season, with Fernandinho making twice the number of starts for City that Barry has made for Everton.
However, Barry has been at Everton for a shorter amount of time as his loan deal was only secured towards the end of the summer transfer window.
Fernandinho has been booked three times this season whereas Barry has only been shown a yellow card on one occasion.
There’s not too much to read into that stat but it shows both players have been important to their sides in terms of showing aggression, getting stuck in and breaking up the play.
There is very little to choose between the pair of them in terms of passing success rates with Fernandinho boasting a slightly higher percentage of 86.1% compared to Barry’s 85.6%.
One area which is very interesting is average passes per game with Barry making more passes per match on average; 69.3 compared to 55.2,
That’s not majorly surprising considering the attractive pass and move style of football that Everton boss Roberto Martinez likes to play and the fact Barry is a key figure in controlling the tempo of Everton’s game.
Tackles and Interceptions
Fernandinho is more active in terms of how he plays in the middle of City’s team.
He’s ahead of Barry in terms of tackles and interceptions with 2.8 tackles and 2 interceptions per game compared to 1.7 for both tackles and interceptions per match this season.
What that suggests is that Fernandinho is better in terms of pressing, hustling opposition players and generally reading the play to win back possession before a pass can reach its target.
Key Passes and Drawing Fouls
There is very little to choose between the two players in terms of the average number of key passes per game. Fernandinho is slightly ahead of Barry with 1.3 key passes per game compared to one.
Barry is drawing twice as many fouls on average this season, which is significant because it gives players such as Leighton Baines the opportunity to have shots on goal, leading to extra goals.
Barry has taken to life at Everton like a duck to water and it will be interesting to see if he can stay close to, or even better, the stats that Fernandinho has shown so far this season.
What do you make of the way Barry and Fernandinho have been playing?
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