Kyle Bartley admits difficulties with the role he's been given at West Bromwich Albion

Kyle Bartley of West Bromwich Albion defends his line from Daniel Ayala of Middlesbrough, Britt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough and Martin Braithwaite of Middlesbrough  during the Sky Bet...

West Bromwich Albion defender Kyle Bartley has been thrown in at the deep end at the Hawthorns.

Kyle Bartley of West Bromwich Albion defends his line from Daniel Ayala of Middlesbrough, Britt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough and Martin Braithwaite of Middlesbrough  during the Sky Bet...

Kyle Bartley has admitted to the Express and Star that the role he is playing for West Bromwich Albion is difficult.

West Brom signed Bartley from Swansea City in the summer, and he has immediately come into their starting line-up.

Bartley has played on the left-hand side of the Baggies’ central defenders though, and that is a now role for him.

And Bartley admits that it is a challenge to be playing at left centre-back rather than on the right.

 

“Being on the left hand side is a little different and it’s difficult, but we’ve done a lot of work to try and improve that,” he said. “Wherever I’m asked to play, I’ll get on with it.

"I’ll never make anything of it or moan or be frustrated. It’s all about the team. I am fine to play there and I think I’m improving as the season goes on.

“There is not going to be much said about it. It’s just me asking for little tips and some extra work on the training ground so I can improve myself so I can improve the team.”

Kyle Bartley (L) and Neil Taylor of Swansea City inspect the pitch before the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City at St James Park on April 19, 2014 in...

West Brom’s attacking play has been more impressive than the defensive side of their game so far this term.

The Baggies are the top scorers in the Championship, but they have struggled to keep clean-sheets.

Bartley has still largely done well since arriving at the Hawthorns, and he looks likely to start this weekend.

West Brom take on struggling Preston North End tomorrow at Deepdale.

Kyle Bartley of West Bromwich Albion during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Barnsley and West Bromwich Albion at Oakwell Stadium on July 24, 2018 in Barnsley, England.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch