By Coral Barry
Kyle Bartley has arrived at Leeds on a season-long loan from Swansea and Whites supporters are delighted to see such defender at Elland Road.
The 25-year-old has reunited with his former boss Garry Monk and could go straight into the Leeds starting eleven once the new season kicks off.
Confirmation of Bartley’s arrival came just hours after Leeds announced the departure of Giuseppe Bellusci to Empoli on a season-long loan to Empoli and Whites fans were delighted to have gotten the Italian out the door and received such an upgrade in return.
With James Beattie also being announced to work alongside Monk as a coach at Elland Road, it was not a bad day for Leeds supporters and they were a happy bunch on Twitter.
Beattie, Bartley ✅
Not a bad day #lufc
— Mitchell Walker (@MitchhLUFC) July 1, 2016
And now Bartley in as well from Swansea a couple more and we might just have a team that could have a decent season #mot
— andy couzens (@andycuz23) July 1, 2016
Praying Bartley can defend better than he can smile.
— Hinkie (@RhysBaird) July 1, 2016
Bellusci out, Bartley in. I'll drink to that ??
— Sam Pellegrino (@S_kel2014) July 1, 2016
Kyle Bartley is absolutely shite, but hes twice the player Bellusci is! ?? #lufc
— Sean #1 (@Slimbrick24) July 1, 2016
Sending Bellusci out on loan for a season, and bringing in Bartley.
That's what you call an upgrade.
— LUFC Away Days (@LUFCAway) July 1, 2016
And now Bartley has signed. good signing for me that, hopefully bring some solidity to the defence #lufc
— Kirky (@kirky0110) July 1, 2016
At last, a really positive day at #lufc. New coach, Bartley signs and we finally get rid of Bellusci .
— kent (@kenthorton27) July 1, 2016
Cracking signing from Leeds United! Kyle Bartley is a top defender
— Tom Heslop (@Heslop96) July 1, 2016
Liam cooper and kyle bartley at cb berrardi on the right and Taylor on the left??? skillfull winger cm and another striker #promotion
— Shaun Burgess (@ShaunBurgess14) July 1, 2016
@GarryMonk fantastic signing Garry keep them coming think Bartley is captain material ?
— jason dennison (@jasondennleeds) July 1, 2016
— Harry (@Harryisbeast44) July 1, 2016
Bartley is Monk’s second summer signing with Marcus Antonsson sealing his £2million switch to the club last week.
Leeds harbour ambitions of pushing for a play-off spot next season after finishing 13th in the Championship in the 2015-16 season.
In other Leeds news, Monk has outlined why he decided to bring his former player Bartley to the club.