West Brom should drop Kyle Bartley
West Brom beat QPR on Friday night thanks to a brace from Karlan Grant, but Kyle Bartley really struggled, and it could now be time he comes out of the team.
QPR scored the opening goal, and the 30-year-old centre-back and Sam Johnstone were at fault. The ball was played over the top, and Bartley tried to play offside.
He got it horribly wrong, and Andre Gray easily outpaced him before sliding the ball into the net beyond Johnstone [Sky Sports].
This was poor from Bartley and badly exposed his lack of pace. Apart from that, he had very little to do but looked pretty shaky all evening.
Therefore, we believe that it is time for Bartley to come out of the team for Kean Bryan. The 24-year-old made his debut at the end of the game on Friday and has been signed as cover with Dara O’Shea and Matt Clarke injured.
However, we think that in the Baggies’ next game against Cardiff City, West Brom should move Semi Ajayi into the middle of the back three and put Bryan into the back three in place of Bartley.
This might mean that Conor Townsend will have to play centre-back until Clarke returns, but he isn’t that far away, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem [Birmingham Mail].
Bartley is an experienced defender, and we believe that he will bounce back in time, but at the moment, he is struggling, and it is arguably time for him to come out of the side.
Bryan has played in the Premier League and is now at the required levels to play for the Baggies, so he should come into the side for Bartley [Express & Star].
In other West Brom news, Pat Frost was blown away by one thing during the Baggies’ win over QPR.