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
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 him!
**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!