By Abigail Withey
Everton fans have praised their former midfielder Gareth Barry after he broke Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record.
The 36-year-old featured in his 366th top flight game on Monday night during West Bromwich Albion’s controversial 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.
The defensive midfielder achieved the record after making five appearances in the competition with the Baggies as well as 365 with Aston Villa, 132 in a Manchester City jersey and a total of 131 as an Evertonian.
The Toffees fans have praised the defensive midfielder for his recent achievement on social media and believe that there aren’t many players like him left in the game while many supporters have revealed that they wish that Barry still played at Goodison Park.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Wish we had signed him a few years earlier than we did
— Joe Ainscough (@Joe_A_95) September 25, 2017
Top man and real pro. Was a pleasure to see him in the royal blue shirt #oneGarethBarry
— Ste the H ⚽️???? (@StetheH) September 25, 2017
Not many types of players like him left now top pro on and off the pitch great career
— Liam Swayne (@swaynester) September 25, 2017
The main fella✊
— Michael (@greenallefc) September 25, 2017
I love that man. Legend.
— Stephen Leary (@MrEverton1878) September 25, 2017
Wish at times we still had him at the Blues
— jonnie gee (@geejonnie) September 25, 2017
Well done Gareth class act you’ll take a lot of catching
— Mike Lucas (@mikey111063) September 26, 2017
Barry moved to Tony Pulis’ side on a one-year-deal during the recent summer transfer window after a total of three years with the Merseyside club.
His experience was valued at Everton which led to the former England international regularly captaining his side over the past three seasons.
The midfielder has also be recognised for his passionate and physical nature on the pitch which has led to his picking up 125 yellow cards throughout his time at Everton, Man City and Aston Villa.
In other Everton news, the Toffees have also made an approach for this international forward.