Some tend to call Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry a boring and slow player - after all, he is a player that possesses few technical skills.
He isn't a skillful player that people enjoy watching, but his simple passing, assiduous character and ability to play long-range diagonal balls makes the Englishman an important figure in the City squad.
After joining Manchester City in 2009, Barry has not struggled to replicate the form he showed at his former club Aston villa. Despite the Citizens' possessing a host of star players, it's no surprise that Barry has started in almost every game for City when fit.
He reads the game wonderfully, hardly loses the ball and he stays on his feet and wins tackles aggressively - similar to fellow England team-mate Jack Wilshere.
One of the major reasons why this man starts games for Manchester City is the fact that he doesn't lose possession often, or try too many silly "Hollywood" passes. His team-mate Joe Hart had this to say about him: “Gareth is the man. When you start to panic, look at Gareth and he just keeps on doing what he is doing – and doing the unselfish role he does.”
Now, a few might fault his performance against Southampton, where he had a poor game - scoring an horrendous own goal that might have caused a few laughs amongst football fans and crumbled Manchester City's title aspirations, but that doesn't take anything away from this player. He had a bad day in the office.
However, 99 out of 100 appearances are good days for this under-appreciated midfielder.
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeFootball Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeFootball.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeFootball.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.