By Noel Whelan

10th Aug, 2021 | 8:00pm

Pundit salutes West Brom for new Bartley deal after what he 'saw at Leeds'

Noel Whelan has lauded West Brom for tying both Matt Phillips and Kyle Bartley down to new long-term contracts.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted both would play a huge part in the Baggies’ promotion push.

As confirmed last Thursday (5th August), Bartley and Phillips have signed new deals until 2023 and 2024 respectively.

Whelan insisted experience would play a big part in West Brom’s success next season.

As such, he heralded the Baggies for tying the senior pair down.

He told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge: “You’re looking at leaders, you’re looking at players who know the club.

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“Especially with a new manager coming in, you’re going to need these experienced players there to have your back and to show that experience in the changing room and on the field to lead by example.

“Kyle Bartley, to me, is a natural leader. I saw that in the short time he was at Leeds United. You need those big, strong characters in your changing room.

“The way things are going at the moment at West Brom, you’re going to need these sorts of players to stand up.

“They’ll have these conversations about being focused on returning to the Premier League. Not focusing on the manager or any players who might be leaving.

“These two are committed and ready for the fight.”

Bartley was for West Brom in the Premier League last season, making 31 appearances in all competitions.

Phillips was also important for the Baggies last term, scoring twice in 33 Premier League appearances.

In other news, West Brom are close to tying up a deal for this Premier League striker.