Kyle Bartley’s potential departure would be a “big blow” for West Bromwich Albion this summer.
That’s according to former West Brom centre-forward Kevin Campbell, who, in a recent interview with Football Insider, discussed the potential sale of the Albion centre-back amid reports claiming that the 30-year-old is attracting interest from both Newcastle United and Crystal Palace this summer.
According to those reports, Valerien Ismael’s side would accept an offer of £3m for the defender, who has just 12 months left to run on his current deal at the Hawthorns.
However, Campbell believes that the Baggies will be doing all they can to retain the services of Bartley this summer, stating:
“Bartley was one of their best players last season so it would be a big blow to lose him. He was so consistent over the course of the season and for that reason, teams will covet him.
“You have got to give credit where credit is due. He has had a really good season. Even though they went down, he was a shining light. I am not surprised that a few Premier League teams are interested in him. He is a good player and he has proven that he can play at that level.
“I’m sure West Brom will be desperate for him to stay but he might fancy returning to the Premier League.”
Considering how impressive Bartley was for West Brom last season, it would indeed be a “big blow” for the club if they were to lose his services this summer, with this eventuality being something that would leave Ismael gutted, particularly for a fee of just £3m.
Indeed, over his 30 Premier League appearances last term, the £15k-per-week man helped his side keep four clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.3 interceptions, 0.9 tackles, 5.3 clearances and winning 4.8 duels per game.
Bartley also chipped in for the Baggies going forwards, scoring three goals, registering one assist and creating two big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 0.5 shots and making 0.2 key passes per league fixture.
This level of performance saw the man Chris Lepkowski dubbed a “brilliant” player earn an average SofaScore match rating of 6.88, ranking him as Albion’s sixth-best player in the top flight of English football.
As such, with Ismael undoubtedly hoping to secure an immediate return to the Premier League next season, keeping the £2.25m-rated man at the club would provide the Frenchman’s chances of doing so with a huge boost.
However, with the former England U17 international now in the prime years of his career, he may not be willing to wait another season to once again be playing top-flight football, something that a move to both Crystal Palace and Newcastle would afford the 30-year-old.