West Brom star Kyle Bartley doesn't think he is at his best yet
West Brom centre-back Kyle Bartley admits he isn’t at his best yet and is waiting to show what he can do.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the 30-year-old offered an honest assessment of his season so far, as well as praising the start the Baggies have made.
Bartley has played in all 11 league games this season, and while he seems happy with how he is coping physically, he doesn’t seem convinced that he is at his best yet.
He said: “I don’t think you’re seeing the best of me quite yet.
“I would say that I’m just getting into my peak fitness for the season. My body feels good, and I think I have a pretty good understanding of what the manager and his staff want from us as a team and me as an individual.
“I’m trying my best to adapt to new challenges and progress further, so I think there’s a lot more room for me to grow this year.”
Interesting claims from the defender.
It is not that often that you hear a player come out and admit that he isn’t performing to his true level.
So that was good to hear, and though it is early days, it seems as if the former Leeds United defender is becoming a key part of Valerien Ismael’s side.
The Frenchman’s favoured formation is a 3-4-3, and Bartley seems to be the main contender to play the role of the central centre-back.
There have been injury issues in that Baggies defence, but Bartley was one of the three defenders even before the injury problems.
So, it looks as if he has earned the respect and trust of the manager and his staff, which is always important when a new boss arrives.
Bartley has huge amounts of experience in the Championship, and if the Baggies are going to get out of the division this season, they need that nous and leadership to help them along the way.
In other West Brom news, it appears as if Alex Mowatt could be fit for Friday night.