Kyle Bartley‘s future at West Brom has still to be resolved and the 29-year-old is out of contract this summer, so it doesn’t bode well for his chances of staying if his future is tied to performances.
Bartley has been at the heart of a defence which has conceded 55 goals in the Premier League this season and kept only two clean sheets (SoccerStats), so there’s no guarantee that he’ll be retained beyond the summer. One saving grace, however, might be his form the last time Albion were in the Championship.
Steve Madeley of The Athletic was asked about the possibility of Bartley being offered a new deal and believes that a new deal could be on the table. He said: “If Albion are in the Championship next season, I would say it’s very likely. Obviously, it will depend on who the head coach is and how highly he rates Bartley, but he did well enough last season and has a lot of experience now.”
The 29-year-old made 38 league appearances as Albion sealed promotion to the Premier League in his second season at the club (Transfermarkt), so he may still have some value if they return to the Championship. Also, he is one of the lowest earners in the squad on just £13,500 per week (Spotrac), so Albion won’t be breaking the bank by extending his contract.
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It makes sense to keep Bartley as he has been a regular this season when fit and because of what he’s shown in the Championship previously.
It therefore wouldn’t be a surprise if Albion began contract talks with the defender before the season comes to a close.