West Brom stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday yesterday, missing the chance to close a gap on the top two who both suffered defeats.
It’s not the end of the world, the Baggies go into 2019 in a great position to mount a serious challenge on the top two. Norwich have looked shaky in recent weeks and that will leave Darren Moore hoping for a decent transfer window to boost their credentials.
Still, all is not rosy at the Hawthorns, with a number of players singled out for abuse from the supporters. One player who suffers at the moment is 27-year old centre half Kyle Bartley, who has made 16 starts since his summer move from Swansea.
His name was booed when the teams were read out and following the game, the fans were out in force to criticise him on Twitter. It isn’t unanimous, some are defending the former Leeds man, but others have decided he’s not West Brom material and that is that.
Here’s a selection of divided opinion from social media.
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Thoughts vs. Sheffield Wednesday
– Bartley Is Still Awful
– We Miss Gayle
– Phillips Should Of Started
– J Rod should never of been sent off
– Delighted with the point!!#WBA
— WEST BROM FAN TV (@ALBIONFANTV) December 29, 2018
Can’t get over the amount of morons sat behind me in the Brummie today. So much anger towards Big Dave it’s untrue. Booing when Bartley name got read out before game WTF. Atmosphere felt very negative today I know we didn’t play great but come on! #wba
— Mr Stephen ????????⛄️????❄️???? (@stebaker) December 29, 2018
— Stephen Dobson (@dobo86) December 29, 2018
If any #wba fan can tell me a player that’s played for our club that’s worse than Kyle Bartley then let me know and I’ll buy you a beer at the next match
— MARK GRIGG (@mtgrigg) December 29, 2018
Considering how we played for that brief spell of games with Kanu leading the line I'm surprised Moore didn't start that way. Sako grew Into the 1st half but would've been better coming off the bench for half hour. Bartley just doesn't look like he'll settle here. #wba
— Adam. K. (@A_Kemo26) December 29, 2018
Very uncomfortable with the abuse aimed at Bartley.
Came in today after months out, after playing in that ridiculous system with three at the back & playing out from the back. Confidence would of been low.
Disappointing to see fans have a go at every opportunity. #wba
— Claire Wheeler (@astle1968) December 29, 2018
I hope Bartley never has to play for us again. He’s shocking!! #WBA
— Paul (@P4ulG87) December 29, 2018
The Bartley effect ladies and gentlemen, we are much better off without him. Get him out the club #wba
— ???????????????????? (@GxyIe) December 29, 2018