Versatile midfielder who first came to prominence as a youngster at
Spurs. He's mainly a right-sided player, but has been known to play on
the left - and in more recent times has filled that slot for Liverpool
and England. His first big-money transfer to Boro didn't quite work
out - but he moved on for an even bigger fee to Everton after just
over a year where he became an established member of an
under-achieving side. A controversial move across Stanley Park looked
to have revitalised his career, but he was plagued by injuries that
removed him from the side just as Liverpool were in the final stages
of their cup treble of 2000-01. After coming back into the
international side under Sven, injuries in 2001-02 again kept him out
of a large part of the season and ultimately cost him a World Cup
place. He became Terry Venables' first signing at Leeds - and at a
price that looks to be a bargain for an international player, who is
still in his prime at 28.
He scored a goal on his debut for Leeds, but played an anonymous
role in a lacklustre midfield in the early part of the 2002/03
season. He returned to the side in February just as the latest batch
of injuries - and the enforced sales - had left El Tel barely able to
muster 16 fit first-teamers. Overall his performances throughout the
season didn't set the world on fire, and his goals were seldom part of
an all-round impressive performance. He remained with the club in
2003-04 but neither Peter Reid nor Eddie Gray seemed keen to use his
talents, despite the injury crisis and the team's slump in form. He
had a loan spell at Forest in early 2004, and it wasn't until the dog
days of the relegation campaign that he was given another chance at
Leeds, appearing as a sub in the hammering at Highbury, the home
capitulation to Pompey and finally coming on for a few minutes at
Stamford Bridge after enduring a stream of abuse from the crowd while
he warmed up: he'd not exactly helped his cause by being spotted at
his home-town club of Hull one Saturday when he hadn't been picked for
Leeds - but I can't quite see how Barmby came to be such a target for
abuse when there were far more deserving cases who had at least been
on the pitch during the season-long slump. With the club keen to cut
the wage bill after relegation, it seems he will have his contract
paid off and be free to find himself a new club for 2004-05.
jamie arnold says: that was a heaps good goal aginst machester city
and you rule is terry venables a good manager?
Edward Thompson says: That was a phat goal what you scored against
manchester city. My dad was in england for a bit and he got me a leeds
shirt with Barmby on the back after i saw you scored that goal.the
first time I saw you play was on my computer game then the first time
i saw you play in real life was when liverpool took on newcastle
lastyear. You are a cool player I hope leeds can come back to
australia some time so i can see you play.
V says: You are a real good player I am one of your best fans. I
have seen you play for a long time and and I was really pissed off
when you did'nt play in the World Cup
blah says: i think he is rubbish and should play for the womens league!!!
Sarah Barmby says: el you probable wont believe me but i'm sort of
related to him. i think he plays great and i'm proad t be related to
**sarah** says; get rid of him!!!
ian elliot says: I think that Nick is an excellent player and a
vital asset. He is on a huge wage which will be the demise of his
leeds career. Eddie Gray is crazy not to pick him when we have not got
an experienced,creative midfielder like him.
Ross says: Take a pay cut or get the hell out!!! How can u sit
there on 30 k a week when you know Leeds are in trouble??? If you
accepted a more reasonable wage you could be a vital asset to Leeds &
score the goals to get them promted.
love_leeds_17 says: Goodbye and stayaway. Leeds is a better place
without leeches like you!