Bartley makes Leeds revelation, fans will be delighted
By Will Butcher
Kyle Bartley has revealed that he is now a Leeds fan after spending the season on loan at Elland Road from Premier League outfit Swansea City.
Bartley, 25, has starred at the heart of Leeds’ defence this season alongside Swedish ace Pontus Jansson, as the duo continue to nullify some of the Championship’s hottest strikers.
Talking to Sky Sports’ EFL Weekly, which was posted on Sky Football’s official Twitter account, Bartley claimed he supports Leeds and expects Garry Monk’s side to “finish high up the table.”
“I follow Leeds United now,” Bartley said. “I’ve played for quite a few different clubs and I’ve supported whatever club I’ve been at and I’ve wanted to do the best possible for that club.
“Leeds is infectious, it gets under your skin; the club and the fans. The way everyone is round here, it’s infectious and just makes you want to do the best you can.
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“We’ve focused a lot this season on taking it game by game, we have 12 games left and we want to win every single one of them. If we manage to do that we should finish high up the table.”
— Sky Sports PL (@SkySportsPL) March 2, 2017
Fans will clearly be delighted with this revelation as they are keen for the Bartley to remain at the club beyond his current loan spell.
The former Arsenal youth player has become an instrumental figure at the back for the Yorkshire giants, teaming up with his former Gunners teammate Luke Ayling.
Throughout his 38 league and cup appearances for the Whites this season, Leeds’ number five has kept 13 clean sheets as well as finding the back of the net on four separate occasions.
Manager Monk has identified Bartley as an important player in the side, which has even seen the defender wear the captain’s armband 18 times this season.
With his permanent future still undecided, Bartley is expected to start against former club Birmingham City on Friday night as Leeds look to close the gap on third placed Huddersfield.