Sam Allardyce has hailed centre-back Kyle Bartley as ‘a good leader’ amid transfer links to Newcastle United.

The star has been showing some really good form for West Bromwich Albion since the arrival of the former Newcastle boss as first-team manager in December.

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Kyle Bartley (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

The Englishman has been a regular pick for Allardyce, who is looking to pull off a miracle by keeping the Baggies in the Premier League.

At the moment they are eight points adrift of safety, with Newcastle occupying 17th place.

Recently Albion have been much improved at the back, keeping three clean sheets in their last six games, and Allardyce has praised Bartley for his efforts.

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Sam Allardyce (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

He said (via Shropshire Star): “Now he is coming to the age I think where his experience and his quality is standing out.

“He is a good talker and a good leader and we all know there aren’t many of them about these days.

 

“That defensive unit has been – and will continue to be – the backbone of helping us get out of trouble if we are to do so.”

Newcastle were recently linked with a move for Bartley by the Telegraph, who reckon the Magpies could swoop when his contract expires this summer.

Newcastle need others before Bartley

Bartley would be a decent addition for Newcastle, but not if he’d be the only incoming.

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Kyle Bartley (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)

He’s proven himself capable in the Premier League, and would make for a good squad player.

But Newcastle also need to be bringing in a marquee defensive signing – which of course will be much easier to do by staying in the division.

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