There is huge pressure on Sheffield Wednesday - Leeds senior player ups the ante
By Harry Sykes
Kyle Bartley has upped the ante ahead of Saturday’s Yorkshire derby by insisting all the pressure is on Sheffield Wednesday.
Leeds host their promotion and county rivals at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon in a mouthwatering clash that pits fifth against sixth in the Championship.
Only goal difference separates the two teams, who are both aiming to take what would be a significant step towards securing a play-off spot with a landmark win.
Leeds defender Bartley is convinced that the pressure is on big-spending Wednesday, who have ploughed significant resources into reaching the holy grail of the Premier League.
“Their expectations are a lot higher than us, especially with the money they have spent,” said Bartley on Thursday afternoon, as quoted by the personal Twitter account of Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Lee Sobot. “There is a lot of pressure on them.”
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Bartley: “Their expectations are a lot higher than us, especially with the money they have spent. There is a lot of pressure on them.” #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) February 23, 2017
Wednesday have spent £22million on new players in the past two seasons and that figure is set to rise even higher in the summer when Jordan Rhodes’ loan from Middlesbrough is converted into an £11million permanent signing.
Other expensive additions who each cost over £2million include Gary Hooper, Fernando Forestieri, Jack Hunt, Lucas Joao, Marco Matias, David Jones, Daniel Pudil and Almen Abdi.
By contrast, Leeds’ signings have been far more inexpensive, with only Marcus Antonsson, Chris Wood and Kemar Roofe arriving for over £2million in the last two seasons.