In the early days of the Mark Hughes era, Manchester City spent big on several players, in order to get the team to the top level of English football. Whilst this feat may not have been achieved under Hughes, it certainly was under Mancini.
One constant in these two men’s sides was Gareth Barry. The midfielder signed from Aston Villa for £12 million in 2009, and has been successful since, winning an FA Cup and the Barclays Premier League under Mancini.
Despite this success, he has never quite won over some City fans, with his pace and inconsistent performances (mainly due to a lack of a right foot) making him a scapegoat for sections of the City support. With just a year left on the original contract he signed four years ago, Barry has spent much of this summer linked with a move away from the Etihad, and it seems he has got it with his season-long loan to Everton.
There, it is expected he will take the place of Marouane Fellaini in the Toffees’ side, who has left Goodison Park to r...