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.
what is Roberto doing man, how is Gareth Barry still on this pitch— Brad (@bradyates_) December 6, 2014
Gareth Barry has been a bit below his usual high standards here so far tonight— Greg O'Keeffe (@GregOK) December 6, 2014
Gareth Barry really struggling in last 3 games.Really hope he is "coming back from an injury" and not just getting too old.#3yearcontract!— Toffee (@Toffee1995) December 6, 2014
Whilst you are all tweeting about Marriner, spare a thought for more poor decisions from Roberto & a woeful performance from Barry. #EFC— Paul Heywood (@P_M_Heywood) December 6, 2014
Didn't think id be saying this but get osman on, Barry has been woeful yet again— Jarred Reid (@jarredreid5) December 6, 2014
Barry needs to be hooked here - woeful. He's just as bad as Distin and Besic is showing him how it should be done.— Anthony O'Neill (@Ant_ONeill) December 6, 2014
For a good passer that Barry is he gives the ball away a lot, been woeful this season.— Ste Painter1878 (@stevopainter87) December 6, 2014
Toure & nasri running rings round Barry all night. Havin a terrible time tonight is the crab— Joshua Giblin (@joshgiblin1) December 6, 2014
There's a lot of overreacting about Barry. He's been terrible since he came back, but he's clearly nowhere near fit.— Paul Knight (@paul_knight1878) December 6, 2014
Actually, we are terrible on the ball and so slow it's worrying! Barry the main culprit!— Manny (@Manny_EFC) December 6, 2014