Lewis Dunk has spent almost the entirety of his career with Brighton & Hove Albion. The tall centre back is now entering the prime years of his career. Manager Graham Potter, who took charge of the Seagulls in the summer of 2019, believes that Dunk is getting better and is currently in the best moment of his career. He is extremely strong in aerial duels as well as defensive duels. His technical ability is laudable when you consider his defensive and physical traits.
The centre back attributes his development as a player and the improved atmosphere around the Brighton camp to his manager. The Seagulls have now survived in the Premier League for the past four seasons. They have been in inspiring form in their opening six games this season. Brighton currently sit sixth in the league with four wins, one draw and one loss, grabbing thirteen points in the process. Dunk has been an instrumental part of Graham Potters’ side this season, just as he has been in the past couple of seasons.
Let’s compare Lewis Dunk’s stats last season and this season to get an idea of the areas that he is strongest in.
Dunk made 33 appearances last season for the Seagulls, in which he helped his team maintain 11 clean sheets. Although they finished sixteenth in the league table, just above the relegation zone, Dunk’s contribution was impressive nonetheless. In addition to fulfilling his duties in the defence, Dunk contributed five goals, four of them scored with his head.
As indicated by the stats above, Dunk ranked highly in terms of defensive duels, aerial duels and loose ball duels last season. He surpasses the median league value for all the important defensive metrics.
His attacking and creativity are remarkable considering his role as a defender. It suggests that he is a threat in the attacking third, especially from the set pieces. He ranked highly and surpassed the median league value in terms of shots on target, offensive duels won and successive attacking action.
As indicated by his duel map, Dunk engaged in aerial duels almost all over the pitch. He was effective in his aerial duels on both defensive and offensive half. He also participated in many ground defending duels.
Following a similar suit as last season, he has excelled in defensive metrics ranking high in the Premier League. His defensive action, loose ball duels, interceptions and recoveries all surpass the median league value.
As we can see in the above stat, his attacking and creativity this season is impressive as well considering his role. Many of his attacking stats are above the median league value.
For this season, we can already see his heavy involvement in aerial duel and ground defending duels. His duel map shows that he has engaged in most of his aerial and defensive duels in his own half.
There is no doubt that Lewis Dunk will continue to be an instrumental asset for Graham Potter’s side as they navigate through the Premier League season. His defensive contributions are some of the best in the league, while his attacking contributions for a defender are brilliant. Brighton finished fifth in terms of clean sheets last season and would be looking to replicate or improve their defensive record this season.