West Bromwich Albion defender Kyle Bartley has told the club’s official website that he doesn’t feel he is at his best yet this season.
The former Swansea City man has featured in all 11 games for the Baggies this season and is clearly a player that Valerien Ismael is fond of at present.
In addition to this, Bartley has been a regular starter at the Hawthorns for the best part of three years since originally joining the club in the summer of 2018.
However it appears that the defender himself sets exceedingly high standards, with the centre back making the following admission about how he assesses his performances so far this season:
“I don’t think you’re seeing the best of me quite yet.
“I would say that I’m just getting into my peak fitness for the season. My body feels good, and I think I have a pretty good understanding of what the manager and his staff want from us as a team and me as an individual.”
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Bartley has slotted into the back three deployed by Ismael well so far and appears to be staking a claim to be the side’s main option as the central defender of that backline.
Meanwhile West Brom will be looking to come out on top tomorrow night as they play host to Birmingham City in a Midlands derby.
It is good to see a player that sets such high standards of himself, as it will only rub off and subsequently have a good effect on his teammates around him.
Bartley is a player who knows the Sky Bet Championship like the back of his hand and it is clear that Ismael and the wider coaching staff have realised that he can perform the role that they have asked of him.
He is a leader amongst the squad and it is clear that his experience will come in handy when the going gets tough.
The centre back already has a promotion on his CV with the club and there is every chance that he could make that two come May next year.