Gareth Barry stats show impressive improvement in key defensive areas

The Everton midfielder is enjoying a return to the kind of form he enjoyed in his first season at Goodison Park.

After a disappointing season last year, many had questioned whether Gareth Barry should be in the Everton team this term.

He has returned to fine form in the first 11 games of this campaign, though, replicating the kind of performances he put in during his first season at Goodison Park, while on loan from Manchester City.

He enjoyed another fine afternoon on Sunday, in his side's 6-2 hammering of Sunderland, with Barry and partner James McCarthy dominating the midfield as their side ran riot.

That game saw him post some impressive stats, as he found himself in the top three for total passes and accurate passes, while he was also joint-top for the number of forward passes made.

While he was busy posting impressive attacking numbers on Sunday, a look at his defensive stats compared to last season show a noticeable improvement in five key areas.

  SeasonPoss Won Mid 3rd Per GameBall Recovery per GameInterception Won per GameOutfielder Block per GameEffective Blocked Cross per Game
Gareth Barry 2015-2016 4.5 7.4 2 1 0.1
Gareth Barry 2014-2015 3.3 6.8 1.7 0.4 0

The defensive midfielder has noticeably improved when it comes to possession won in the midfield third, ball recovery and interceptions.

That improvement continues when it comes to outfield blocks and effective crosses blocked per game, with the latter seeing him improve considerably.

A strong showing in five key defensive areas from Gareth Barry, then, who has clearly bounced back from a disappointing campaign last time around.

Roberto Martinez and Everton will hope that he can continue to impress like that for the remainder of the season.

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