Bartley discusses handing senior role back to key Leeds man
By Harvey Byrne
Kyle Bartley has stated that it’s a “massive privilege” to wear the Leeds captain’s armband, but that he would welcome back club-captain Liam Cooper once he returns from injury.
The 25-year-old centre-back on loan from Swansea took over the role from Cooper after the latter picked up an injury after the 1-0 defeat against Bristol City in September.
Cooper, 25, remained an unused substitute as his side drew 1-1 with Wigan on Tuesday, as he continues his return from the injury with Bartley playing the full 90 minutes.
However, Bartley has explained that once Cooper returns into the team that he will reclaim the armband.
“I’ve enjoyed it,” started Bartley, talking to BBC Radio Leeds. “It’s been a massive privilege to wear the armband for such a great club, but Liam’s the club captain, he’s a fantastic captain and I think that we really need to get him back and make sure that we’ve got all the player’s in the squad available, so that we can rotate a little bit and freshen things up.”
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Bartley rejoined former manager Garry Monk after the former Swans boss took over from Steve Evans in the summer.
He has made 15 appearances for the Yorkshire giants this season, building up a good partnership with fellow on-loan centre-back Pontus Jansson.
However, given the demands of England’s second-tier with the physicality of the league alongside the high fixture load, the club will be hoping to have all of their squad available.
They now sit in 13th in the Championship table with 17 points from 13 games and they will travel to face Wolves on Saturday.
In other Leeds team news, Bartley has revealed, via a reliable journalist, that loan star Hadi Sacko has picked up a “few knocks”.