By Danny Wright
Stuart Dallas has urged Garry Monk to try and bring Kyle Bartley back to Elland Road for another season.
The centre-back spent the season on loan from Swansea and wowed the fans with his brilliant displays in Garry Monk’s defence.
Bartley was even handed the captain’s armband on a number of occasions – unusual for a player that is only on a loan deal.
Dallas, 26, hasn’t had anywhere near as good a season as Bartley – whose parent club Swansea ensured their Premier League safety on Sunday as Hull lost to Crystal Palace – but wants to be reunited with the defender for at least another year.
“He’s massive and he’s proved throughout the season how big a player he can be,” said Dallas, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I think he’s missed one league game throughout the whole season.
“He’s a huge influence on the group and he’s miles ahead of his age, if that makes sense.
“Next year it would be great if he could come back here, but I think he can make the step up to the Premier League.”
Bartley made 50 appearances in all competitions for the Whites and was the club’s joint second top goal scorer for the campaign, netting six goals in the Championship.
The 25-year-old has been with Swansea since 2012 after rising through the ranks of the Arsenal academy, but has only made 26 first-team appearances for the Welsh club and was sent out on loan to Birmingham before his stay at Leeds.
Swansea’s Premier League survival could boost Monk’s chances of re-signing Bartley after already admitting that he wants to see him return to Elland Road for yet another promotion bid next season.
In other Leeds news, fans took to Twitter to react to Hull’s relegation on Sunday.