By Alex Stevens
The Leeds future of Kyle Bartley is up in the air, according to a reliable journalist.
The centre-back, who is on a season-long loan from Swansea, is one of 11 players signed by the Championship club in the summer on either permanent or temporary deals.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay gave an update on Bartley’s situation as he addressed the possibility that the defender could return to his parent club when his loan expires next summer.
“Swansea had no need of him this season and may see no future for Bartley beyond it but they ensured that he signed a new one-year deal before he joined United on loan in July,” wrote Hay in a column for the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“Without it, the former Arsenal trainee would have been a free agent in 2017. His extension and his current form ensures that if City decide to move him on, he will still command a fee.”
Comparing Bartley to centre-back partner and fellow loan star Pontus Jansson, Hay stated it was “less of a certainty” that the Swansea man would sign a long-term Elland Road deal.
Bartley has made an impressive start to his Leeds career after completing a loan transfer on 1 July, the same day it was announced that he had signed a new Swansea contract that runs until the summer of 2018.
The 25-year-old has started all 11 of the Yorkshire club’s league matches and has formed an increasingly impressive partnership at the back with fellow loanee Pontus Jansson.
Both players have leaped above Liam Cooper in the centre-back pecking order at Elland Road, and their arrival contributed to the departure of ex-skipper Sol Bamba the day after the transfer window closed.
Leeds beat Barnsley 2-1 in their last league match to climb into the top half of the Championship for the first time this season.
Monk’s side are 11th in the table after securing five wins from six matches in all competitions, and their fourth in five league encounters.
In other Leeds transfer news, a 25-year-old has signed for the club after agreeing terms.