Paul Robinson has claimed it would be a “massive blow” to West Brom if Kyle Bartley left this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one said the 29-year-old has “excelled” under Sam Allardyce and has been the club’s “best player” this calendar year.
According to The Telegraph‘s Mike McGrath, Newcastle United and Burnley are keeping tabs on the centre-half ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Athletic claim Albion triggered a 12-month extension on Bartley’s contract last month which ties him down at The Hawthorns until June 2022.
Robinson believes Burnley’s interest in the Baggies defender suggests James Tarkowski is on his way out of Turf Moor.
“It would be a massive blow to lose him because he has done well under Sam,” he told Football Insider.
“I can see why he’s done well because he is a Sam-type of player, he is no-nonsense. He has excelled over the past few months and he has probably been their best player in 2021.
“Bartley has done well and with him being linked to Burnley, you start to wonder about James Tarkowski’s future. You wonder if he could be moving on at the end of the season.
“If Sean Dyche likes Bartley then let me tell you, he must be a good defender.”
Bartley has made 22 Premier League appearances this season and has scored three goals.
He is expected to start his 10th consecutive game when the Baggies travel to Chelsea on Saturday.