Kyle Bartley: Dad tells me to hit more West Brom goals

Kyle Bartley has been told he’s not scoring enough goals for Albion – by his dad.

 Kyle Bartley of West Bromwich Albion sees his header go over the bar (AMA)
Kyle Bartley of West Bromwich Albion sees his header go over the bar (AMA)

The commanding centre-back has netted once in six Premier League outings this season, with that goal coming in a 3-3 thriller with Chelsea.

In total, Bartley has netted five goals for the Baggies since joining the club from Swansea in 2018.

But both the defender – and his dad – feel he has the potential to be scoring that amount in a single season.

“My dad is constantly on my case that I don’t score enough goals,” Bartley revealed.

“He sends me videos saying ‘how have you missed this one, son?’

“He has kept me on my toes.

“It’s something I need to add to my game with the size and physique I have.

“With the quality we have in the delivery of set-pieces, I should be getting five, six, seven goals a season.

“It’s something that I enjoy. I need people pushing me, I use it as motivation to go out and do my best for the team.”

Having grown up in Bolton, Bartley was chased by a host of clubs in the north of England when he was a teenager.

But he revealed he left his home comforts to join Arsenal in 2007 after hearing a conversation between his parents that he wasn’t supposed to.

“My mum, my dad and my brother were massive for me,” Bartley continued.

“My mum and dad worked full-time, my dad on the buses, my mum in the NHS.

“When I was 15 I had numerous offers from the majority of northern teams.

“I was going to join Man City – I had made my mind up. I wanted to stay closer to home, I had my friends around me.

“But I actually heard my mum and dad having a conversation downstairs and my dad said he would be a bit disappointed in me if I chose the easy option.

“So I went back to my room that night, thought about it and went down stairs in the morning and told him that I had decided to join Arsenal.”

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