Paul Robinson has heaped praise on West Brom defender Kyle Bartley for his “amazing” performance against Wolves.
The former Spurs and Leeds United goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said that the 29-year-old and his centre-back parter Semi Ajayi were “absolute colossuses” on Saturday afternoon.
Bartley starred as West Brom picked up three vital points with a 3-2 win at Molineux.
It was the former Swansea defender’s first Premier League start for over a month, after he suffered a calf injury in the loss to Crystal Palace on 6 December.
Sam Allardyce hailed Bartley’s performance in what was his first win as Baggies boss.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the centre-half’s display, Robinson said: “I thought Kyle Bartley was amazing.
“His first league start under Sam, and he took his chance.
“Sam has obviously had time now to look at his players, assess what he has got, look at personnel and choose a system – he found one on Saturday.
“I think Kyle Bartley and Semi Ajayi were absolute colossuses in that win. Yes, they conceded two goals but they were outstanding those two.
“I think Sam will now look to build the rest of the team on those two. He did that at Blackburn with Ryan Nelson and Chris Samba.
“You can see him doing that at West Brom. You can see a togetherness and a team bond there now.”
Speaking after the win, Allardyce said: “He’s a nice, big centre-half like I was.
“It was nice to see him doing the right things, getting blocks. A defender must always be judged on how they defend, not playing the ball out.”