Last piece of the puzzle: How Shane Duffy has made Albion’s defence the most formidable in the league

The towering centre-back has formed arguably the best defensive partnership alongside Lewis Dunk this season.

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Duffy, signed from Blackburn for £4.5 million in the summer, has been a revelation and one of the key factors to Brighton’s run of 13 undefeated league games. During that time Brighton have only conceded 5 goals.

The Irishman has averaged 7.3 clearances per game as well as 1.1 tackles and nearly 2 interceptions per game too. Duffy boasts a pass success rate of 78% which shows his ability to help Brighton start attacks from the back.

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The defender has managed an average rating of 7.44  for Brighton this season. Only Lewis Dunk and Anthony Knockaert have played better this season (both with a 7.67 average rating).

 

The 24 year old could be compared to former skipper, Gordon Greer. An old fashioned big defender who relies on their physicality rather than pace. It may be true that Duffy lacks the acceleration of someone like Connor Goldson, however his positioning and ability to read the game and win the vast majority of aerial duels is a credit to his talent. Full credit to Hughton and the scouting team on acquiring such a brilliant player.

Which former Albion player would you compare Duffy to?

 

Article by George Carden

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