Everton completed the signing of Gareth Barry, on a season-long loan, from Manchester City on deadline day.
Despite playing 41 times for City last season, he seems to have been made surplus to requirements at the Etihad Stadium.
With the arrival of Fernandinho, and the already present Yaya Toure and Jack Rodwell, it seemed unlikely that Barry would play any part in City’s squad this season.
The 32-year-old is a good signing for Everton. He has a high defensive work rate, and a calm head amongst the dressing room, he also has lots of experience at European level as well.
Signed from Aston Villa four years ago, the defensive midfielder has been an ever present in the City starting 11, making 175 appearances and scoring eight times in his four-year spell at Manchester City.
The question on Everton fans' lips is whether Barry and new signing James McCarthy will be able to replace Marouane Fellaini? Personally I think so. Barry has bags of experience and James McCarthy will be just as effective as Fellaini was in the defensive role.
Roberto Martinez has spoken about not signing players for the sake of it. He wants players that will be right in the dressing room, and lead by example to the younger players.
Barry is the ultimate professional. He has got international experience, playing for England 53 times, and will help guide the likes of Ross Barkley and John Stones.
Martinez has done an excellent job on the transfer front. Is it a coincidence that Everton have had their best transfer window under Martinez, and United have had their worst transfer window in years under Moyes?
Everton fans will certainly be happy, especially with the arrival of Belgian front man Romelu Lukaku.
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