posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 09:42 AM
reply to post by Freeborn
Well, he was better than both beckham and gazza - and inconsistent? I don't think so, far more consistent than gazza and over a much longer period,
until injury forced a switch in his style of play.
I saw Barnes play many times, and he never went missing, although like all players he did have a couple of dips in form.
As good as Beardsley was, he was nowhere near Barnes's level, as the guy had everything - pace power, control, vision, passing, shooting with either
foot, pretty good in the air and some amazing trickery including an unreadable body swerve.
Put it this way - he was better than Giggs by a country mile, and giggs is widely considered the best of his generation in his position.
Everyone raves about giggs beating a couple or 3 players in classic goals, but Barnes did it on a regular basis and did it better.
Then again, aren't you the person who was saying hodgson was a great manager?
Well he's not - he got found out yet again playing his anti-football and stone age tactics, so forgive me if I doubt your judgement.
edit on 3/2/2011 by budski because: (no reason given)