The Leeds fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to Phil Hay’s column in the Yorkshire Evening Post as he delivered the good news that the club is looking at re-signing Kyle Bartley, albeit a year late. The 26-year-old was on-loan at Elland Road for the 2016/17 season and despite his performances leaving him with a stellar reputation in Yorkshire, the club didn’t even enquire about a price last summer.
A piece on Kyle Bartley and Leeds United's plan to sign him, a year later than they should have done:https://t.co/Jc1xoHQvzW
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 1, 2018
If this season has done anything for the Leeds United fans propping our bar up, it’s convinced them that Kyle Bartley is the real deal, even though most of them already knew that. In the previous campaign, Bartley and Jansson laid the defensive foundations for a strong Leeds United side. The Whites conceded at a rate of just a goal per game last season, this time around they’ve already conceded 17 goals more and still have one game to play.
There are a few issues surrounding Bartley as Leeds look to be gambling on their former loanee. The 26-year-old’s wages are reportedly comfortably more than the £15,000 per week limit in place at Elland Road and the current Swan has recently suffered his second knee injury in eight months. Whilst the wages can be negotiated and increased when some deadwood has been shipped, injuries could be a major issue for the player, although it’s fair to say the Leeds fans would argue that Bartley on one leg is better than what they’ve had this season anyway.
With that in mind, here’s the reaction from our local Whites:
You say upping the 15k mark what do you believe is the sort of figure that is competitive in this league?
— Barney ™ (@BarneyStuart21) May 1, 2018
Have we actually got to the point of starting to negotiate a deal with Swansea phil? That ‘quiet optimism’ gives me a bit Of confidence. Last summer it seemed when we set ourselves on a player, we got it done.
— Bobby (@bobby_wilson1) May 1, 2018
We all know we’ll end up signing him injured and he’ll be forever dogged by a dodgy knee!!
— Steve Lawrence (@super_leeds70) May 1, 2018
Any inkling as to the fee? Would imagine in the £5m+ bracket, which would be a strong message in itself.
— CK (@ephemeraljoy) May 1, 2018
We never progress as a club because we always want to go back in time.Yes he was great last year but its a year on now and hes played only 12 games since then and has now got injury concerns.Not to mention the wages hes now on.Move on @lufc @andrearadri and look elsewhere #MOT
— James (@Jimmay82) May 1, 2018
Great signing if he's fit. But if he comes in largely as a replacement for a departing Pontus, it will just be one step forward and two steps back – as usual.
— Tom Mullen (@Tom_Mullen) May 1, 2018
He had a great season for us,But why sign him if his knees have gone,!!!! still think our priority should be goal scorers as we have none…
— David Norbury (@50nobby) May 1, 2018
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As the headline suggests, it's a year late. Anyone got Rob Green's phone number?
— Patrick Waterhouse (@pjwaterhouse) May 1, 2018