Brighton defender Shane Duffy “doesn’t fit the style” that Graham Potter is trying to implement at the Amex Stadium.
That is according to Alex Crook, talkSPORT’s south coast correspondent, who was speaking to the media outlet about the 28-year-old amid transfer speculation linking him with Celtic, West Brom, West Ham and Burnley (as per Daily Mail).
While Crook claimed that transfer reports hinting that Seagulls defender Lewis Dunk is close to a potential £40m move to Chelsea are wide of the mark, he is not so confident about Duffy’s future with the Sussex club.
He told talkSPORT: “West Ham and West Brom are both very keen on permanent deals [for Duffy]. Celtic want to take him on loan; they’re going to have to pay a substantial loan fee to do so, but my understanding is that perhaps Duffy would favour that move to go and play in the SPL and play in the Champions League as well… at least for a couple of qualifying rounds.
“He just doesn’t fit the style at Brighton, Graham Potter wants footballing central defenders and for all his quality, Duffy isn’t one of those.”
Crook’s point about the Republic of Ireland international not meeting Potter’s desire for ball-playing centre-backs is a pertinent one, based on statistics from the 2019/20 season. The 28-year-old may have posted the best passing accuracy rate of his career with 80.7% but that was still noticeably short of the figures posted by fellow defenders Adam Webster (83.1%) and Dunk (87%).
Can Brighton afford to sell Shane Duffy?
Indeed, there have already been signs that the ex-Everton man doesn’t fit Potter’s long-term plans at Brighton. He started just 12 Premier League games last term, having been in the first XI for more than 30 games in each of the preceding three seasons under Chris Hughton.
Duffy has been bumped down to a more peripheral role at the Amex during Potter’s time in charge and, with the statistics seeming to back up Crook’s assertion, the possibility of the Irishman leaving Sussex must be treated as a very realistic one.
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