Kyle Bartley has confessed that he tries his best to stay clear of teammates Grady Diangana and Matheus Pereira in training due to their attacking talent.
Speaking to The Birmingham Mail about the impact the attackers have had on the squad, the 28-year-old centre-back joked that in midweek training that he tries his best to stay away from either of the two wingers, who are seemingly causing their own teammates problem as well as opposition players.
Diangana and Pereira both joined West Brom on loan this season from West Ham and Sporting Lisbon respectively, and the duo have had a profound effect on the Baggies squad with the wingers both being influential in Slaven Bilic’s side currently sitting top of the Championship table.
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And Bartley’s comments not only go to proves how good Diangana and Pereira both are on the training ground, but it also proves how good a bond the entire squad seems to have in what is so far proving to be a memorable season for West Brom.
The former Swansea City defender said: “I just try to stay away from them, I just find that best. If ever I’ve got a choice of being on their team then I make sure I am! And if not then I think I told Grady the other day to swap wings because he was on the wing near me and I didn’t want anything to do with it.”
And Bartley himself has been in great form for West Brom this season and has proven to be a valuable member of Bilic’s system for the club, with stats from Transfermarkt showing that the former Arsenal academy graduate has started every game this campaign and played in all but 23 minutes of Championship football for the Baggies.