West Brom have had a fantastic start to life back in the Championship this season, but they suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat at home to Frank Lampard’s Derby on Wednesday evening.
After the game many Baggies fans were fuming with summer signing Kyle Bartley. The 27-year-old centre-back joined from fellow relegated side Swansea for just £4m and has made 15 appearances so far this season in Darren Moore’s back three.
At the Hawthorns on Wednesday, Derby took a two-goal lead after just 15 minutes through Jack Marriott and Tom Lawrence, before Harry Wilson and Scott Malone added to the Rams’ advantage in the second half as West Brom fell apart.
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Striker Jay Rodriguez netted a consolation late on for the home side but the Baggies have now lost two on the bounce in the league and sit in fourth place in the Championship. Among others, Bartley took a lot of criticism for his performance in the loss.
Check out some of the best tweets below.
Actually can’t wait for January when Bartley, HRK and Mears could actually be replaced… although asking Albion to spend money is like trying to get blood out of a stone #wba
— Matt (@Matt_Slater_98) October 25, 2018
Moore has no plan B. Time to drop bartley and brunt if he has any backbone. Dawson and Johnstone clowns in possession tonight,midfield 2nd to everything, phillips not fit obvs. Shocking choice of substitutions AGAIN!!! Yes it was a bizarre game Darren…. yes it was. @WBA #wba
— Matt Baker (@bakermatt86) October 24, 2018
Can #wba please never play Bartley on the left again? He tucks inside onto his right foot every single damn time and invites trouble against any pressing forward. Behind him, Johnstone also needs to help more. To exacerbate all our turnovers, we're nowhere near aggressive enough.
— Ben Dewison (@BenDewison) October 24, 2018
Drop mears #wba
— Jamie T (@Jaywbafc) October 24, 2018
— Brad (@brada_wba) 24 October 2018
— Jamie Perrett (@JamiePerrett21) October 24, 2018
Let's face it we have been sussed out.. we aint got the personal to play from the back so teams are punishing us by pressing high…Bartley is the worse centre we have had in a while…was screaming out for Sako at Half time…#wba #noplanb
— Stuart Field (@Baggiesgoboing) October 24, 2018
May go as Kyle Bartley' left foot for Halloween. Most terrifying thing I've ever seen #WBA
— jordan holmes (@jordan_wubba) October 24, 2018
Send that lad back to Man City and send Dawson to the reserves with Bartley. Appalling defending tonight. #WBA
— Matthew Debney. (@Matthew_Debney) October 24, 2018
Is Kyle Bartley seriously claiming to be a professional footballer!? #wba
— Mike Thomas Teague (@teaguey91) October 24, 2018
Bartley is rapidly becoming one of my least favourite ever Albion players. Seems to put more energy into blaming those around him than actually defending.
— Andrew Benbow (@WBABenbow) October 24, 2018