Premier League and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Brighton’s Shane Duffy will go onto bigger things, speaking at the launch of Sports Extra on Sky in Ireland.
The Derry-born centre-half has had a successful season at Brighton and was an important part of why they stayed in the Premier League. He finished as the club’s second top scorer (WhoScored) in the league with five important goals.
Jamie Carragher said at the ‘Sports Extra’ launch on Sky in Ireland (via the Irish Independent): “I love him, and I always get them mixed up, Dunk and Duffy, I think it’s just the same person, the same thing, the way they defend, throw their bodies on the line.
“I think there’s talk of Dunk going to Leicester, but it’s a massive problem when you’re defending set-pieces against Brighton, that’s the big thing that you have to deal with.
“They conceded a few more goals last season, but I love watching them play. They’re almost like a throwback, aren’t they? I think he’ll go higher, no doubt about that. Will he join the top four or the top six? Maybe not just yet.”
When you look at Dunk’s performances over the past few seasons, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Carragher rates him so highly.
It has been Lewis Dunk that has caught the eye mostly this summer, with Leicester reportedly interested (The Sun) in the England international, however, Duffy quietly went about his business last year, and even has stats which surpass Dunk’s, according to WhoScored.
Duffy averages more blocks (1.3 to 1.1), clearances (6.9 to 5.4) and allows fewer dribbles past him (0.3 to 0.1) than Dunk per game. Alternatively, Dunk does make more tackles (1.2 to 1) and more interceptions (1.3 to 1) than his Irish counterpart (WhoScored).
From set-pieces, Duffy is a hugely respected player at both ends of the pitch. His sheer height, physicality and heading ability means he is a threat for any side. At 6’4” and 11st 9lbs (Soccerbase) he has proven to be a key attacking option for Brighton this season. Not only has he bagged five times, but he also registers 1.1 shots per game – 0.5 more than Dunk.
WhoScored appears to favour Duffy to Dunk for performances last season, with Duffy having an average rating of 7.11 and Dunk an average of 6.72.
Duffy hasn’t been rumoured with any moves away from the club this summer, but if he has another season like the last then teams might come knocking for the Irishman.
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