How Lewis Dunk has evolved into a Premiership quality centre-back

From his days as a promising but reckless youngster, to a commanding ball-playing defender. The evolution of Lewis Dunk has been simply remarkable.

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Credit: http://www.bbc.co.uk

 

Since making his debut in a 0-0 draw with MK Dons back in April 2010. Lewis has gone on to make 133 senior appearances for Brighton and Hove Albion.

When did Dunk become a pivotal player for Brighton and Hove Albion?

Most Albion fans would agree that Dunk’s real breakthrough came in the 2014/15 season. Brighton finished 20th and without Dunk’s consistency and goalscoring threat, Brighton would of certainly been banished to League 1 obscurity. In all competitions, Lewis Dunk was Albion’s top scorer with 7 goals.

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Dunk sending off versus Derby 2015/16. Photo credit: http://www.irishmirror.ie

In the past, Dunk has been branded as a quality young player, however, a player who has a reckless streak. In the last 3 years, he has accumulated 4 red cards and 24 yellow cards (113 appearances). Two of those red cards were picked up last season.

Dunk has well surpassed last seasons yellow card total. The defender has picked up 11 this season which dwarfs his 6 from last season. Brighton fans have witnessed occasional lapses in concentration from the Brighton-born defender, he got sent off for a second yellow against the 3-1 defeat against Huddersfield and 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday for unnecessary tackles.

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There is no denying his quality with Shane Duffy and David Stockdale in preventing goals. In Dunk’s 29 appearances, Brighton have kept 17 clean sheets. When Dunk has been suspended, Brighton have drawn 3-3 against Brentford, lost 2-0 to Preston, and scraped a win away at Wigan.

With games coming up against Reading, Newcastle, Leeds and Derby. Every player will need to be at their best. That means no reckless challenges from Lewis Dunk!

Article by George Carden
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