Does Gareth Barry need to step up if he wants new West Brom deal?

Alan Pardew the manager of West Bromwich Albion in action during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Brighton and Hove Albion at The Hawthorns on January 13, 2018 in...

Gareth Barry only joined West Bromwich Albion in the summer, but his contract expires at the end of the season.

Gareth Barry of West Bromwich Albion and Gareth Barry of West Bromwich Albion in action during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Everton at The Hawthorns on...

When West Brom landed Gareth Barry from Everton in the summer, it certainly appeared to be something of a coup for the Baggies with the midfielder arguably one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League over the last two decades.

And at 36, Barry undoubtedly deserves a huge amount of praise for having featured in 23 of West Brom's 26 top flight games this term. But, while Alan Pardew's men have a relegation scrap to fight in the coming months, the former England international may have one eye on the summer.

WBA player Gareth Barry in action during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Watford at The Hawthorns on September 30, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

The Express and Star recently reported that Barry is out of contract at the end of the season, and he may perhaps be beginning to wonder what the future may hold for him.

With Grzegorz Krychowiak only on a season-long loan at The Hawthorns, it may be tempting for the club to look at renewing the deal before the run-in to try and ensure that they have Barry around regardless of what division they are playing in next season. 

However, it may be worth the club taking a gamble and making it clear to Barry that he needs to step his game up if he wants to earn fresh terms, in the hope that it motivates him to rediscover some better form.

Alan Pardew, Manager of West Bromwich Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion at Etihad Stadium on January 31, 2018 in Manchester,...

While most 36-year-old's who are still playing would be happy with the form that the midfielder is currently showing, Barry has arguably set the bar a lot higher during the more recent years of his career, and Pardew desperately needs that player to come to the fore as they look to beat the drop.

If Barry does not manage to step his game up in the coming months, West Brom should arguably consider letting his deal expire and looking to some of the more talented youngsters who are currently looking to make the grade, like Sam Field. 

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