Speaking to Football Insider, Alex Bruce, son of Newcastle boss Steve, has hinted that ex-Leeds United defender Kyle Bartley has ‘gone downhill‘ despite his fairly noteworthy 4.7 clearances per game average for West Bromwich Albion.
Bartley, who left Leeds United back in the summer of 2017, spending one season on loan at Elland Road where he started 45 Championship games, has since gone on to sign for West Bromwich Albion after he left Swansea City on a permanent deal. The Englishman, who impressed during his 2016/2017 stint in Yorkshire, is now a mainstay in West Brom’s promotion-chasing side – starting 32 games in total and registering 4.7 clearances per game whilst winning 5 aerial duels per 90 minutes on average (WhoScored.com) However, speaking to Football Insider, Bruce doesn’t quite see him as the colossus he once was during his time at Leeds – claiming that his ‘inconsistency‘ needs to be ironed out.
“The one thing you can say about him from when he was at Swansea – and he had a bit of a time at Leeds -he’s got to get his consistency levels sorted,” claimed Bruce.
“He’s been one to play really well, catch your eye and then make a stupid mistake like he gives the penalty away.
“He redeems himself by going and scoring a goal, that pretty much sums him up really.”
Indeed, while his statistics may be impressive on paper, if Bartley were to iron out his ‘stupid‘ errors, that could arguably take him to the next level and potentially allow him to replicate his brief Elland Road form.
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