Swansea City supporters have been pretty despondent in the last few hours after seeing their team suffer just their second Championship defeat of the season on Tuesday night.
Graham Potter’s men went into their trip to fellow relegated outfit Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium off the back of drawing 0-0 at home with Nottingham Forest at the weekend, and thus seeking to get back to winning ways in Staffordshire on Tuesday. Yet the Swans were unable to do just that as a Joe Allen strike 12 minutes into the second period sealed a narrow 1-0 win for Gary Rowett’s Potters, thus moving them up to 14th in the division while Potter’s Swansea slipped to tenth spot.
Thus, there have been many frustrated Swansea fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom used the international break to look back at their team’s business during the summer, what with there quite an overhaul of the playing squad at the Liberty Stadium.
And one man who left the club was defender Kyle Bartley, who joined West Brom, and in making a £2.88 million profit (as per Transfermarkt) on the centre back, who only managed 31 starts during his time in South Wales, the Swans clearly did extremely well out of the deal to take him to the Hawthorns.
Ultimately, the 27-year-old made the move to Swansea back in 2012 for £1.17 million (as per Transfermarkt) from Premier League giants Arsenal, and he went on to make 38 appearances during his time at the Liberty Stadium, 31 of which were starts.
And in a six-year period, to have only made 38 appearances suggests that the Englishman was some way down the pecking order and thus not really what the Swans were after in the defensive department, to the point that he was shipped out on loan to Birmingham City and Leeds United during his time at the club.
And while some may have felt that Bartley would have done a job in the Championship for Potter’s side this season, having impressed for Leeds during the 2016/17 campaign in the second tier, recurrent injury issues over the years may well have been in the thinking of the Swans boss.
Thus, to then get £4.05 million (as per Transfermarkt) for the centre back represented an excellent piece of business from the South Wales outfit, who appear to have done extremely well out of the 27-year-old’s move to West Brom.
Swansea fans… what do you think? Let us know!