West Bromwich Albion enjoyed a 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday and Kyle Bartley was one of many players who impressed at the Hawthorns.

The 29-year-old scored Albion’s winning goal and was excellent in defence to keep a second consecutive clean sheet, resulting in Birmingham Live calling him ‘commanding’ and the Express and Star calling him ‘outstanding’.

Bartley top scored in the player ratings while wearing the captain’s armband and now supporters want him to be West Brom’s skipper on a full-time basis instead of Jake Livermore.

Against Brighton, Bartley played for 90 minutes, had 27 touches, won two aerial duels, completed 62.5% of his 16 passes, had one shot which hit the back of the net, made two interceptions, blocked one shot, made four clearances and won one freekick (WhoScored).

The 29-year-old has made 19 appearances in all competitions this season (Transfermarkt) and is enjoying his longest unbeaten run of the campaign – three Premier League games. West Brom have conceded only one goal in their last three and ended the weekend nine points adrift of safety with 12 games remaining.


Bartley recently signed a new deal with Albion to keep him at the Hawthorns for another year and his performance against Brighton was the perfect way to justify the decision.

He’s captaining the team because Livermore is on the bench but deserves the armband permanently as he’s been more consistent than most this season.