Everton fans react on Twitter to Gareth Barry performance v Manchester City

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The veteran midfielder has been struggling in recent games.

Yesterday saw Roberto Martinez field the oldest team in the Premier League this season. With Samuel Eto'o, Sylvain Distin, Tim Howard and Phil Jagielka all in their 30's, and Leighton Baines getting close, this would not come as a surprise.

There was also the presence of Gareth Barry who, would admit, had a terrible game.

Last season Barry was a revelation in the middle of the park. His composed play alongside the swashbuckling James McCarthy made Everton one of the most destructive teams in the Premier League who, in the end, were unlucky not to make the Champions League after a poor run of late form.

But this term has been a struggle for him, since signing on a permanent deal in the summer.

In particular the last two games have been worrying. Perhaps he is not yet fully fit after returning from injury but something needs to improve soon. Against Tottenham he was at fault for the Roberto Soldado goal. Against City he gave away the ball again in the build-up to the penalty award for Manchester City.

Sure Andre Marriner was poor throughout the game. But his ineptitude as a referee helped Barry, who really should have seen a red card for accumulation.

Without McCarthy in the midfield Barry clearly struggles. He needs that man next to him to be doing all the running and Muhammed Besic, talented as he is, is not that man.

Barry will need to start finding form soon, before he finds himself warming the bench for Roberto Martinez's Everton.

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