He was the player Leeds United fans arguably coveted the most during the summer transfer window, but there would be no Elland Road return for Kyle Bartley, who joined West Bromwich Albion instead.
The Baggies are reported to have paid £6 million for the former Leeds loan star, who has gone on to feature in all 11 of their Championship matches this season.
With their side having played and won the previous evening - in doing so replacing West Brom at the top of the table - Whites fans had a rare opportunity to check on Bartley's progress when Albion travelled to Sheffield Wednesday, for a game that was broadcast live on Sky Sports on Wednesday.
And for those who did, the primary response was one of relief.
This is what those of a Leeds persuasion made of the 27-year-old's performance...
#lufc search Kyle Bartley and see what the West Brom fans are saying as much as he was great for us for the year I think maybe we got away with it not getting him!!— Damian Staniforth (@Damo_1983) October 3, 2018
Can’t wait to play West Brom, they’ll come open, expansive, thinking they will outplay us.— RamblingsoftheSS (@_ROTSS_) October 3, 2018
Think they are in for a mauling, they cannot defend.
Wednesday outplaying them, look at what we did to #SWFC...
There was a reason Bielsa didn’t want Bartley...#leakydefence #LUFC
Bartley has been terrible all season to be fair. There is a reason fans don’t make signings— Liam James (@LiamJamesLUFC) October 3, 2018
Not getting Bartley back looks good deal as well!! Remember him for how he was— Damian Staniforth (@Damo_1983) October 3, 2018
Bartley eh?!— WAFLL (@RyanLUFC92) October 3, 2018
What a trick we missed there people!!...
Biesla spot on yet again with his decision making, has the bloke put a foot wrong yet?!#lufc
And the view from West Brom is certainly no better...
Bartley is painful to watch. Awful.— Mark Dixon (@charlburybaggie) October 3, 2018
So your going to claim your a decent centre back? But get exposed by Sheffield Wednesday? Kyle Bartley wow, horrible bloke ♂️ #WBA— Wesley Lewis (@WesLewis18) October 3, 2018
Surely he's gonna give Adarabioyo a game Saturday. Bartley is so out of form ATM. Mind u he is only 1 card away from suspension so he will have to come in at some point #WBA— Andrew Beech (@beechyboy90) October 3, 2018
Message to @WBA Make every effort to get Robert Huth in. He can't be any worse than Hegazi and Bartley.— Dave Rouse (@ethanhunt1961) October 3, 2018
Josh Wba Bell @JoshBell95: Please drop bartley on saturday. Surely adarabioyo cant be as bad as him. On a more positive note F****** LOVE YOU HARVEY BARNES!!
West Brom fans: “Allan Nyom is the worst defender I’ve ever seen“— matt (@MattFiasco) October 3, 2018
Kyle Bartley: “Hold my beer” #wba
Luke Baker @LukeyJ_Baker: Swansea have had our pants down over Bartley. 6 f****** million pound #wba
Did Leeds dodge a bullet with the West Brom defender?
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