Louie Mark Barry (born 21 June 2003) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker and winger for Premier League club Aston Villa.

Louie Barry
Personal information
Full name Louie Mark Barry[1]
Date of birth (2003-06-21) 21 June 2003 (age 18)[2]
Place of birth Sutton Coldfield, England
Position(s) Striker, winger
Club information
Current team
Aston Villa
Youth career
2009–2019 West Bromwich Albion
2019–2020 Barcelona
2020–2021 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2021– Aston Villa 0 (0)
2021–2022Ipswich Town (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2017–2018 England U15
2018 Republic of Ireland U15
2018 Republic of Ireland U16
2018–2019 England U16
2019–2020 England U17
2021– England U18 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:54, 3 January 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:55, 29 March 2021 (UTC)

Having spent a decade in the West Bromwich Albion Academy he moved to Barcelona in 2019, becoming the first English player to join and play for the La Masia academy. He subsequently joined the Aston Villa Academy in January 2020. Barry has represented both England and the Republic of Ireland at youth international level.

Early and personal lifeEdit

Barry was born in Sutton Coldfield,[3] and has dual British and Irish citizenship.[2] He attended Bishop Walsh Catholic School.[4] In February 2020, he said that he had been an Aston Villa fan his entire life.[4]

Club careerEdit

West Bromwich AlbionEdit

Barry joined the West Bromwich Albion academy at the age of six and by 2018, had progressed to the U21 squad.[5]

BarcelonaEdit

After spending ten years with West Bromwich Albion, he signed a three-year contract with Spanish club Barcelona in July 2019.[2][5] He had previously been close to signing for French club Paris Saint-Germain.[6] He became the first English player to join La Masia.[7]

In September 2019 it was announced that West Bromwich Albion were going to report Barcelona to FIFA over the transfer, claiming that they had not received the compensation they were due.[8] Barcelona contested this, however, stating that they did not believe that his scholarship for West Brom had any international standing, and that they would wait for the verdict from FIFA.[9] He subsequently had to wait three months for his international registration to be confirmed which meant he missed the first seven matches of the Barcelona under-19 season.[10] A judge ultimately ruled in favour of Barcelona and in November 2021 stated that West Bromwich Albion were due no further compensation.[11]

Barry made his competitive debut for Barcelona's under-19 side in October 2019, scoring on his first start, in a 6–0 victory against Ebro.[12] He made ten competitive under-19 appearances in the league and UEFA Youth League for Barcelona in the 2019–20 season, scoring twice.[13] His side were declared U19 league champions in May 2020, a few months after Barry left the club, after the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed the youth season.[14]

Aston VillaEdit

In January 2020 he held talks with Aston Villa,[15] signing for them later that month for a fee of £880,000,[16] which could rise to £3.5M with add-ons. Barry signed a three-year contract, as this is the maximum allowed for a player of his age – with an agreement of an automatic further three years at the end of that.[17] He made his debut for the club's U23 team on 23 January 2020, shortly before he was officially unveiled by the Midlands club. He came on to score the equaliser in a 2–1 win over Cardiff City.[18] In June 2020 he spent time training with the Aston Villa first team,[19] then made a first appearance in the EFL Trophy with the club's under-21 side four months later.[20][21]

On 8 January 2021, after ten of Villa's first-team players tested positive for COVID-19, Barry was selected to make his debut in the FA Cup third round against Liverpool.[22] Barry scored to equalise the game at 1–1, before Liverpool went on to win 4–1.[23] Barry's performance prompted the Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, to refer to the youngster as "Little Jamie Vardy"[24] The goal was voted 'Goal of the Round' by BBC Sport readers.[25]

On 24 May 2021, Barry was part of the Aston Villa U18 squad that won the FA Youth Cup, beating Liverpool U18s 2–1 in the final.[26]

On 7 July 2021, Aston Villa announced that they had exercised an option in Barry's contract to automatically extend it until 2024.[27]

Ipswich Town loanEdit

On 6 August 2021, Barry signed for League One side Ipswich Town on a season-long loan.[28][29][30] He made his debut on 10 August 2021, in a 1–0 EFL Cup defeat to Newport County.[31] He made his Football League debut four days later in a 2–1 defeat at Burton Albion.[32] After finding game time limited at Ipswich, Barry returned to Aston Villa in January, having made 6 appearances during his loan.[33]

International careerEdit

Barry has represented England at under-15, under-16 and under-17 youth levels.[3][2][6] He is also eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland,[2] and has represented them at under-15 and under-16 level in 2018 before returning play for England youth sides.[34] In 2018 Barry scored ten goals in five games for the England under-15 side at a tournament in Italy.[35]

In 2019 Barry was part of the England under-17 side that were victorious in the Syrenka Cup, he started the final and assisted Jamal Musiala for one of England's goals against hosts Poland, a 2-2 draw which England subsequently won on penalties.[36]

By February 2020 he had scored 21 goals in 20 games for England's youth teams.[4]

On 29 March 2021, Barry made his debut for England U18s during a 2–0 win away to Wales at the Leckwith Stadium.[37]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 9 November 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa U21 2020–21[38] 1[a] 0 1 0
Aston Villa 2020–21[38] Premier League 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
2021–22[39] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Ipswich Town (loan) 2021–22[39] League One 2 0 0 0 1 0 3[a] 0 6 0
Career total 2 0 1 1 1 0 4 0 8 1
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy

HonoursEdit

Barcelona U19

Aston Villa U18

England U16

  • Tournoi Val-de-Marne: 2018[35]

England U17

  • Syrenka Cup: 2019[36]

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Premier League clubs publish 2019/20 retained lists". Premier League. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Louie Barry signs for Barça". www.fcbarcelona.com.
  3. ^ a b "Who is Louie Barry? Barcelona's 16-year-old 'pearl' from West Brom | Goal.com". www.goal.com.
  4. ^ a b c Horner, Nick (3 February 2020). "Louie Barry breaks his Villa silence and issues West Brom message". birminghammail.
  5. ^ a b "Barcelona: Louie Barry signs from West Brom". BBC Sport. 11 July 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Barcelona sign England Under-16 striker Louie Barry from West Brom". The Guardian. 11 July 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  7. ^ Marsden, Samuel. "Louie Barry scores on Barcelona youth debut after becoming first Englishman in La Masia academy". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  8. ^ Masi, Joseph. "West Brom to report Barcelona to FIFA over Louie Barry move". www.expressandstar.com.
  9. ^ "Barcelona explain why they have not yet paid WBA for Louie Barry". sport. 4 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Louie Barry scores on Barcelona youth debut after becoming first Englishman in La Masia academy". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  11. ^ Whiley, Mark (2 November 2021). "West Brom learn outcome of Barcelona compensation claim for Aston Villa starlet". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  12. ^ "Louie Barry scores first goal on debut start for FC Barcelona U19A side". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Louie Barry leaves for Aston Villa". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  14. ^ a b "U19 team declared 2019/20 league champions". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Louie Barry: Barcelona youngster in talks with Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 7 January 2020.
  16. ^ "Louie Barry: Aston Villa sign Barcelona youngster". 23 January 2020 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  17. ^ Preece, Ashley (10 January 2021). "Barcelona to Bodymoor Heath – The extensive lowdown on Aston Villa's teenage sensation Louie Barry". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 10 January 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ Rushton, James (23 January 2020). "How Louie Barry is already impressing Aston Villa and Dean Smith". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 31 January 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ Dicken, Alex (12 June 2020). "Smith calls up 'best 16-year-old in the country' to Villa training". birminghammail.
  20. ^ "Starting Lineups – Fleetwood vs Aston Villa U21". Sky Sports. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  21. ^ EFL Trophy: Fleetwood Town 3–0 Aston Villa, Aston Villa FC, 6 October 2020
  22. ^ "Villa confirm 10 players have tested positive for COVID as EFL announces 112 cases". talkSPORT. 8 January 2021. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  23. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (8 January 2021). "Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 4". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  24. ^ Alex Dicken, BirminghamLive, 9 January 2021, Jurgen Klopp gives Louie Barry brilliant nickname after Liverpool beat Aston Villa's kids
  25. ^ "Barry wins goal of FA Cup third round" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  26. ^ a b Preece, Ashley (24 May 2021). "Aston Villa vs Liverpool FA Youth Cup final LIVE updates". BirminghamLive. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  27. ^ "Young Lions sign new contracts". Aston Villa Football Club. 7 July 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  28. ^ "Barry joins Ipswich Town on loan". Aston Villa Football Club. 6 August 2021. Retrieved 6 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  29. ^ Warren, Andy (6 August 2021). "Town complete signing of top Villa prospect Barry". East Anglian Daily Times.
  30. ^ "Ipswich sign Villa prospect Barry" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  31. ^ Warren, Andy (10 August 2021). "Ipswich Town 0-1 Newport County: Youngsters impress but Blues exit at first hurdle". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  32. ^ "Cook: Disappointing, We'd Managed Their Threat - Ipswich Town News". TWTD.co.uk. 14 August 2021. Retrieved 15 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  33. ^ "Barry Returns to Aston Villa". www.itfc.co.uk. 6 August 2021. Retrieved 3 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  34. ^ "Ireland Under-16 cap Louie Barry completes move to Barcelona". independent.
  35. ^ a b c Wilson, Matt. "England youth striker Louie Barry rejects contract and leaves West Brom". Express and Star. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  36. ^ a b "YOUNG LIONS LIFT THE SYRENKA CUP WITH A PENALTY SHOOTOUT WIN OVER HOSTS POLAND". The FA. The Football Association. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  37. ^ "TWO SECOND-HALF GOALS SEAL WIN FOR ENGLAND MEN'S UNDER-18S OVER WALES IN CARDIFF". TheFA.com. 29 March 2021. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  38. ^ a b "Games played by Louie Barry in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  39. ^ a b "Games played by Louie Barry in 2021/2022". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  40. ^ "Aston Villa's Barry wins PL2 Player of the Month award". Premier League. Retrieved 15 February 2021.

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