Published: Wed, August 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

West Brom boss Pulis: Barry ideal replacement for Fletcher

West Brom boss Pulis: Barry ideal replacement for Fletcher

"I'd like to see him play more".

With first-team chances looking limited for the 55-times capped England global this term, it is only fair to allow him the chance of passing Ryan Giggs as the Premier League's all-time record appearance holder. "That's always been the same for me wherever I have played", Barry told Albion's website.

"There was a big void when we lost "Fletch" and Gareth will fill that void", Pulis said.

"He's a fantastic player and I think his attitude towards playing is really gauged by the fact that Everton had offered him a two-year contract to stay there".

Last season, the experienced midfielder appeared in 33 of the Toffees' 38 Premier League matches, although it is understood that Koeman's summer spending spree has placed Barry's future in doubt.

The Baggies won their opening match of the Premier League season, beating Bournemouth 1-0.

With two new signings in his area of the park already through the door this year in the form of Davy Klaassen and Morgan Schneiderlin, plus the emergence of Tom Davies, Barry faces significant competition to get into the Everton team this season.

Everton want to keep Barry for another season, but Toffees' manager Ronald Koeman has claimed he wouldn't prevent the ex-England global from leaving. The fans have been brilliant with me from the day I signed until the day I left.

And Sunderland boss Simon Grayson has admitted the Black Cats are vulnerable to offers for Albion target Lamine Kone.

A fine servant who has never failed to give his all for the royal blue jersey, Barry will depart with every Evertonian's best wishes.

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