Manchester City should sell Gareth Barry this summer

The 32-year-old is not getting any younger, or better for that fact and surely a more dynamic midfield option should be considered over the former Aston Villa man?

Manchester City have certainly not lived up to the hefty standards they set themselves last season. The Premier League Champions are all but out of the running for retaining their title unless Manchester United inconceivably relinquish a 15 point lead at the top of the table.

The Champions League has offered them little in the way of respite. Finishing bottom of their group below Ajax, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund was a true disappointment as for the second year in a row Europe’s premier club competition proved far too tough a challenge for Roberto Mancini’s side.

The FA Cup could still be their saving grace this season but overall 2012-13 will not be remembered as a resounding success by those at City.

So what has changed?

Well Sergio Aguero has struggled with injuries while their most dynamic player David Silva has not been at the peak of his form this term. A dip in standard of performance from the likes of Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart has also contributed and while not by much it is these little dips that mean so much when you are talking fine margins in the Premier League title race.

Which brings us to the summer; surely changes will be made to the squad.

The likes of Joleon Lescott and Samir Nasri are reportedly ready for the chop while Carlos Tevez, for all his ability, is still considered expendable. New strikers are certainly necessary with Edin Dzeko being linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund and the exit of Mario Balotelli in January leaving a gap in the attacking department.

But could anybody else be up for the chop?

Personally I think Gareth Barry has to have his future with the club called into question.

His contract ends in 2014 and despite his assertion that he wants to sign an extension you have to wonder if City would be so keen.

Regardless of the exuberant amounts of disposable money at The Etihad this is still a business and carrying a player with a wage packet as lucrative as Barry’s is not commercially viable.

The holding midfielders lack of pace was exposed in the Champions League this season and his international career seems to be dead in the water. His recent performance against Southampton was one of a player struggling to keep up with the demands of the game. He was left chasing shadows by the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Jason Puncheon and Jay Rodriguez.

Simply put I am not sure the 32-year-old has what it takes to be part of a title-winning side anymore and this summer City should actively look to move him on.

Do you think Manchester City should sell Gareth Barry this summer?

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