Fans of Leeds United were given even more reason to like Kyle Bartley after his West Bromwich Albion side were beaten at Elland Road on Tuesday.
Bartley, who spent the 2016-17 season on loan to Leeds from Swansea City, deflected Ezgjan Alioski's 38th-minute strike beyond his own goalkeeper, enabling the Whites to inflict a first Championship defeat of the season on West Brom and leapfrog them at the top of the table.
Afterwards, the centre-back, who remains close friends with Leeds' Luke Ayling, was seen applauding the United faithful and smiling with some of his former colleagues, much to the delight of some of a Whites persuasion...
God bless Kyle Bartley. Tried getting us a penalty, scored an own goal and tried getting himself sent off. He’s Leeds and he knows he is— Get Schwifty (@riley652799) October 2, 2019
Bartley spent more time clapping the Leeds fans than he did the WBA fans last night :)— Matt (@mattolufc) October 2, 2019
Bartley to Leeds in January— Darren John Young (@DarrenJohnYoung) October 1, 2019
He’s Leeds and he knows it
Bartley is still Leeds ✅✅✅ cheers lad— Gotobed (@GotobedJ) October 1, 2019
Knew Bartley was still Leeds— Schoff. (@schoff94) October 1, 2019
Deft touch from Kyle bartley. He knows hes Leeds— Dave Land (@Dave666land) October 1, 2019
Kyle Bartley can’t stop scoring goals for Leeds United. Top bloke. #lufc— Tommy (@tommy_lufc) October 1, 2019
Bartley is desperate to be Leeds again— Mr A Waugh (@rex_arms) October 1, 2019
God I miss Kyle Bartley playing for Leeds the sexy ****
— Regan Keating (@regankeating) October 1, 2019
Gotta admit still love to see Kyle Bartley in a Leeds shirt always thought he was much better, calmer, consistent than PJ #lufc— Machiavelli (@EwanMetcalf) October 1, 2019
But their West Brom counterparts were somewhat less amused...
So we just lost the game and conceded first place in the league. And the first thing we see if Kyle Bartley smiling. Disgusting. @WBA— B’s-Own (@iiAiden) October 1, 2019
Biggest smile on Kyle Bartley’s face all season after the game there. Tells you a lot about him.— Troy Edwards (@troyedwards1) October 1, 2019
Can we **** Bartley off plz #wba
— Walk with elias (@VillianClub) October 1, 2019
Bartley smiling right at the end having a laugh with his mate ******* idiot, where’s the passion, he should be ******* gutted like the others not having a laugh
— Jay Jones (@JayJonesWBA) October 1, 2019
First shot at full time is Bartley smiling with the leeds players after his own goal. **** off. ******* donkey. Sooner Hegazi gets back the better #wba
— Lee (@Lee_Hickmans) October 1, 2019
Bartley just got bullied by Patrick bamford for 90 minutes, scores an own goal and is there smiling after the game, give me Hegazi back and ship him off the **** #wba
— Jord Tranter (@jord_tranter) October 1, 2019
Aye Bartley laugh about it with your Leeds pals. Useless ****.
— Gavin Poulton (@gavin_poulton) October 1, 2019
— LukeDandy (@dandywbafc) October 1, 2019
Despite pleas from Leeds fans to bring back Bartley from Swansea, it was to West Brom that the 28-year-old moved for a reported fee of around £4 million in 2018.
But he has so far struggled to bowl over the Baggies support base in the manner that he managed to at Elland Road.
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