Kevin Phillips has offered his thoughts on Newcastle potentially signing West Brom defender Kyle Bartley…
Former Premier League forward Kevin Phillips has urged Newcastle to seal a deal for West Brom centre-back Kyle Bartley. He believes that it would be a top deal for the Magpies and that he could “be vital” for the club because of his quality and experience.
He told Football Insider: “I think it’s a fair price for his age and where he’s coming from.
“He’s a solid defender and you could have seen him and Lascelles forming a good partnership. I think for £3m plus his wages it’s not going to kill you.
“He possibly wouldn’t have played week in, week out. But he’s also got that experience which could be vital for Newcastle next season.
“He was definitely one of the best players at West Brom after Allardyce came in last season. He’s a leader on and off the pitch as well, which helps. It could be a top deal.“
This comes after The Telegraph claimed that West Brom want £3m for Bartley, with Newcastle opting against a deal for him at this moment in time.
Mike Ashley must change his mind and pursue a swoop for the Baggies defender. As Phillips explains, he could be a terrific addition to Steve Bruce’s squad with his leadership and experience at the back, whilst £3m is a fair price on paper for a player of his quality.
The 30-year-old powerhouse has over 200 appearances in the Premier League and Championship to his name, highlighting the wealth of experience he has under his belt. He knows what it takes to perform at the top tier, which is why he could be a low-risk addition to Newcastle’s squad.
Bartley has already shown himself to be a reliable option – as opposed to signing a player from abroad who has never played in England before.
Bartley is West Brom’s vice-captain and donned the armband in the second half of last season under Sam Allardyce in the Premier League. This shows that he is, as Phillips said, a leader on and off the pitch, which is another reason why he could be a good signing for the Magpies. He could bring another strong voice in the dressing room to help his teammates through tough times on the pitch.
The Englishman also averaged a solid WhoScored rating of 6.77 in the top tier last term, showing that he has the quality to compete at this level. Therefore, Newcastle should be trying to sign the defender this summer to bolster their defensive ranks. Ashley needs to sanction a deal for the ex-Arsenal man.