Name: Louie Barry
Club: Aston Villa
Date of Birth: 21 June 2003
Position: Centre-forward/Winger (Right/ left)
Louie Barry – his career so far
It is quite difficult to properly judge young talents but the still fresh Aston Villa signing, Louie Barry, is still only just 16 years of age and can already boast with being at his third club. The talented forward was signed by the Villains in the January transfer window from none other than Barcelona and is yet to register any real game time for his new team.
But his career started back at West Bromwich Albion and he ended up spending his whole childhood there, staying at the club for ten long years before Barcelona came knocking on their door, asking for the youngster’s services. And unsurprisingly, the lure of playing for the Catalan giants was too much so both Barry and WBA yielded, penning the deal to take him to La Masia.
But his stay with the Blaugranas was truly short-lived. The highly-rated Englishman ended up playing only seven league games for Barcelona, making his debut on October 12 in 2019 and scoring two goals during his stay in the Catalan capital.
He also came off the bench in three games in the UEFA Youth League but could only muster a total of 59 minutes under his name before being sent to Aston Villa. Intriguingly enough, back at West Brom, Barry made it into the U23 squad aged only 15 and has since been touted as one of the best young English players in modern football.
So far, he’s played three games for the Villains in total, scoring three goals and providing three assists along the way as well. Needless to say, the start of his career at Aston Villa has been remarkable and should only get better with time.
Even though he’s yet to experience life in the senior team, we should keep in mind we’re still talking about a 16-year-old lad at the very beginning of his career.
Most of the transfer news surrounding the young talent has unfortunately been connected with legal disputes between Barcelona and West Brom over his fee as the Spanish giants are understood to have not paid the £235,000 the two clubs agreed yet. The matter has since been reported to FIFA and the EFL is also said to be backing the Baggies up on the matter.
But back on the footballing aspect of things, Barry’s future with the team has also been discussed in the media. No transfer rumours so far indicate he could be in Dean Smith’s immediate plans but the young English talent seems to have quite a few admirers within the club already.
In other Aston Villa news, Academy chief Mark Harrison has since claimed Barry could become the club’s future no.9 and that tells us a lot about the opinion of the coaching staff as well as the upper hierarchy on the 16-year-old prodigy.
Since we are still talking about a 16-year-old kid, there’s basically no information or data on the kid apart from his goal tally and appearances for the clubs he’s already played for. Of course, with no senior football to his name as of yet, we’re limited to doing an analysis exclusively on the youth levels.
But Barry is very much an exceptional talent who can play across the forward line. His main and preferred role is that of the centre-forward but he can also be deployed as a winger on the left side of the pitch.
Just like many modern forwards, he likes to link up with his teammates and even tally an assist or two along the way. This doesn’t come as a surprise since he’s highly involved in his team’s attacks, often dropping into the left half-space on the pitch to combine with and swap positions with other players.
But while his shooting and finishing seem to be on a high level already, the creative side of his player profile and the passing still needs to be ironed out a bit.
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