Brady believes that the former Aston Villa and Manchester City man is a very under-appreciated player.
“It is said Gareth Barry has no pace or right foot but I think he is one of England’s most under-appreciated stars,” wrote the 47-year-old in her football diary in The Sun (Tuesday, April 19 entry).
“In my view, had someone spotted Barry’s potential as a defensive midfielder earlier in his career, he’d have had 100 caps rather than 53,” added Brady.
“It might be no exaggeration that his manager Roberto Martinez describes this mild, assured man as ‘one of the best English players ever’.”
Barry joined Everton on a permeant contract in the summer of 2014 and is an important player in Roberto Martinez’s side.
The 35-year-old has a pass accuracy of 82% and a shot accuracy of 38%, and has won 49 headers, 18 dribbles and 59 tackles.
Brady has a point about Barry being under-appreciated, but the Englishman is not exactly a great or a world-class midfielder.
There is no doubt that the former Villa star has been a success in the Premier League over the years, but there is a reason why he is at Everton at the moment and not at a top-four club.