By Jack Cunningham

18th Nov, 2021 | 9:45pm

West Brom man Kyle Bartley emerges as Ismael's most important player

If you were to think about West Brom players this season, who would you say had been the most important.

Alex Mowatt? Karlan Grant? They would be two obvious answers, and according to WhoScored’s fantastic system, they would be totally wrong.

The Baggies best, and therefore, most important player this season has been Kyle Bartley.

The 30-year-old has played in 16 of the first 17 league games, and he has popped up with two goals and an assist.

He has also earned a very impressive WhoScored rating of 7.28, making him the Baggies’ best player this season and the ninth-best in the Championship.

This might seem quite surprising, but this rating might make more sense if we look at the underlying statistics.

If we look at his ratings from the season so far, we can see that his lowest rating all season was a 5.89 against Fulham, but that is the only rating in which he earned less than a six [WhoScored].

He has earned an eight or over in four games and has racked up seven ratings worth between a seven or an eight.

So, he has been incredibly consistent and performed to a high standard in most matches.

Defensively, he has mostly been rock solid and has averaged 4.4 clearances per game and 1.2 interceptions.

So, he is performing well at the back and given Albion’s injury issues; it is good to see him performing well.

He has also been described as “brilliant” by Chris Lepkowski in the past, and as it stands, statistically, he is the Baggies’ most important player, and they are going to need him to be at his best during the busy festive period [The Liquidator].

In other West Brom news, the Baggies are one of several clubs eyeing a move for Tom Lawrence.