Leeds United fans have made their desire for defender Kyle Bartley to join the Championship side permanently clear over recent weeks, with his parent club Swansea City’s Premier League status confirmed on Sunday.
Crystal Palace beating Hull City meant the Tigers will drop out of the top fight, with the Welsh side staying up after a 2-0 win at Sunderland on Saturday.
Bartley spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan at Leeds and was an impressive performer for Garry Monk’s men, who agonisingly missed out on the Championship top six.
The 25-year-old only has 12 months left on his current deal at Swansea and as such faces an uncertain immediate future.
The refined defender formed an excellent centre-half partnership with Pontus Jansson in 2016-17, with the Whites support hoping to keep the duo together at Elland Road.
The Leeds fans were celebrating Hull’s relegation to the Championship on Sunday, with the majority believing that the confirmation would help the Yorkshire side’s chances of landing Bartley permanently – here are the best tweets.
— Stephen Barry (@StephenBarry20) May 14, 2017
— CrossMagic (@CrossMagic) May 14, 2017
@pepclotet Hopefully that will pave way for us to get Bartley. Enjoy the break you and team have all deserved it after this season #MOT#ALAW ????????????
— Lee Maspero (@Leemo_LUFC) May 14, 2017
Congratulations Swansea, you are staying up.
Now give us Bartley.
— LUFC Away Days (@LUFCAway) May 14, 2017
Now that Swansea are staying up I hope we can sort a deal with Bartley for next season #lufc
— Nick Brown (@nickybrowny35) May 14, 2017
#lufc Things to smile about.
1. Hull relegated ????
2. Swansea safe????
3. Bartley surely coming back to Leeds now.????????????????????????????
— Andy Smith (@Mr_Smiff74) May 14, 2017
— The Mad Leeds Fan (@TheMadLeedsFan) May 14, 2017
Hopefully Bartley will be available now Swansea have stayed up #Lufc
— Marc Dodsworth (@dodders2306) May 14, 2017
Good news in our efforts to keep Bartley is that #lufc
— Gary Keast (@garykeast70) May 14, 2017
Hull relegated meaning Swansea stay up. More likely to bring big players in so Bartley stays at Leeds #LUFC
— Finn Doyle (@Finn_Doyle97) May 14, 2017
— Andrew Haigh ⚡️ (@AndrewHaigh) May 14, 2017