Date: 2nd March 2021 at 10:10am
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West Bromwich Albion podcaster and journalist Chris Lepkowski has been sharing his praise for Baggies defender Kyle Bartley. 

This comes after Lepkowski recently co-hosted the latest episode of Baggies-themed podcast The Liquidator where he spoke about a number of topics concerning the Midlands club, including their recent 1-0 win over Brighton & in the Premier League.

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On the subject of Bartley, who played the entire game against Graham Potter’s side and scored the only goal of the game, Lepkowski had this to say about the defender. (21.49)

He said: “I just feel that he has brought something to the team, a leadership that we have badly lacked.

“It’s no surprise, for me, to see that Sam Allardyce has entrusted him in that position, in that role, because I think he has probably flourished more than any other player and that tackle, that challenge towards the end of the game was just , absolutely brilliant and long may that continue because, in my support of him in the past, I have had stick for it and I accept that there have been games where he’s produced comedy moments or errors or made mistakes, but I think now we are seeing Bartley at the peak of his performances for us.

“I just hope I haven’t jinxed it by saying that, but I really do feel he’s come on so strongly.”

West Brom signed Bartley back in July 2018 from Championship side Kyle Bartley for a fee of £405 million. Since arriving at the Hawthorns, the 29-year-old, who is currently valued at £2.52 million, has made 93 appearances for the Baggies in which he has managed to score six goals and provide three assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).

TIF Thoughts on Chris Lepkowski’s comments on Bartley… 

Given how Bartley earned himself a super match rating of 8.11/10 for his performance against Brighton, higher than any other player on the day, this shows just why Lepkowski was full of praise for the Englishman.

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If Bartley can continue throughout the remainder of the season helping West Brom keep some clean sheets and pop up with the occasional goal here and there, he could well see them dodge relegation by the end of the campaign.