Kyle Bartley has heaped praise on West Brom winter signing Okay Yokuslu, describing the midfielder as ‘tenacious’.

The Turkey international joined Albion on loan from Celta Vigo earlier this month and it hasn’t taken him long to impress at the Hawthorns.

The 26-year old brought a calm assuredness to the Baggies when they faced Burnley on Saturday, where Sam Allardyce’s side picked up a point from the second successive Premier League game.

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Centre-back Bartley was particularly impressed by Yokuslu’s performance, and talking to West Brom’s official website he sung the player’s praises. He said:

“He’s been brilliant. He seems to have settled in really quickly which is always important for a player at a new club. You can see already that he’s a really good player.

“I thought he was great against Manchester United on his full debut and then he backed that up with another impressive performance on Saturday against Burnley.

“He’s tenacious. He’s good on the ball. He’s calm and composed. I think he’s made a big difference in there.

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Much needed impact

Since completing his movie to the club on transfer deadline day, Yokuslu has represented everything that we need in the heart of midfield.

Demonstrating great energy levels and strong composure on the ball, the Turkey international has understandably impressed, and should he continue at his current rate then he should absolutely be someone worth pursuing on a permanent basis in the summer.

If West Brom cannot pull off a great escape then they will need to find the right players to help them bounce straight back up, and Yokuslu would be more than capable of causing damage in the Championship.

Hopefully, the Turk can continue to perform and help Albion pick up points when and where they can, and then maybe down the line a permanent solution can be reached.

There’s no guarantee he’ll stay if we do go down but hopefully he builds a bond with the club in the second-half of the season.

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