Due to Kyle Bartley’s communication and leadership skills, West Brom must retain his services this summer.

Ever since Sam Allardyce took over the reins at West Bromwich Albion, defender Kyle Bartley has been in outstanding form.

The two have a history of working together when Allardyce was the manager of Bolton Wanderers back in 2007.

Now, over a decade later, Bartley has matured into becoming one of the first names on Allardyce’s team sheets.

Speaking about the 29-year-old, as quoted by Express & Star, he said, “When he [Bartley] was a schoolboy he was at Bolton Wanderers and Arsenal bought him when he was 16.

“I wasn’t very happy with him at the time but they paid a bit of money for him.

“Now he is coming to the age I think where his experience and his quality are standing out.

“He is a good talker and a good leader and we all know there aren’t many of them about these days.”

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Contract dilemma

Initially, Bartley’s contract was set to expire at the end of the season, but due to the number of league games played this campaign, he’s triggered a one-year extension.

That means that we will not lose him on a free transfer, but relegation could tempt him to move away from the club.

We believe it is imperative to hold on to him. It’s not just his influence on the pitch, but also his dressing room impact that makes him such a valuable asset.

For our unlikely win at Stamford Bridge, the 29-year-old was given the captain’s armband, and he did not disappoint, guiding us to our biggest result of the season.

The likes of Semi Ajayi and Conor Townsend have also improved massively playing along with Bartley.

We must fend off interest from other clubs and hold on to his services even if we get relegated. He’s the sort of player that we need in the Championship.

In other West Brom news, £42,000-a-wk Aston Villa player tipped as potential summer signing

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