BBC pundits label Everton midfielder Gareth Barry influential, unselfish and immense

Everton's Gareth Barry

Everton defeated Middlesbrough 3-1 at Goodison Park.

Everton's Gareth BarryEverton's Gareth Barry

Former player Kevin Kilbane has labelled Everton star Gareth Barry immense as the experienced midfielder reached a new Premier League milstone in the win over Middlesbrough, the BBC report.

The former Aston Villa man joined an elite group of players including Ryan Giggs and Frank Lampard in reaching 600 Premier League appearances as he was selected to face Boro.

He marked the occasion with a goal, scoring the Toffees’ equaliser after Alvaro Negredo had bundled in the away side’s opener much to the annoyance of the Goodison Park crowd who thought it was a foul.

Everton's Gareth Barry celebrates scoring their first goalEverton's Gareth Barry celebrates scoring their first goal

Barry’s goal sparked a flurry of Everton attacks late in first-half, resulting in fruther goals from Seamus Coleman and Romelu Lukaku as Ronald Koeman’s men ran out eventual 3-1 winners.

But this occasion was all about Barry, and former players and current pundits Kevin Kilbane and Jason Roberts both heaped heavy praise on the midfielder during co-commentary for the BBC.

Kilbane: said:"He’s started this season magnificently and he’s immense for Everton. He’s the gel that keeps them together."

Roberts added: "He’s such an unselfish player as well. The reason people don’t talk about him in the manner they perhaps should is because he’s happy to do the work that people don’t notice. His influence to the team is much more than the sum of its parts."

Everton's Gareth Barry applauds the fans as he is substitutedEverton's Gareth Barry applauds the fans as he is substituted

Barry has become a reliable, experienced holding midfielder over the past few seasons and his lack of pace hasn’t really become a major issue due to his good positional sense and general awareness.

The 35-year-old has represented England over 50 times and became a Premier League champion in 2012 with former club Manchester City.

Everton's Gareth Barry celebrates scoring their first goalEverton's Gareth Barry celebrates scoring their first goal

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