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6 June 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Dale Stephens in action against Tottenham Hotspur at the Amex Stadium.

The central midfielder missed just two Premier League matches for Brighton & Hove Albion during the 2017/18 campaign, as he played the full 90 minutes in each of his 36 top-flight appearances for the Seagulls.

Stephens formed a flourishing partnership with summer arrival Davy Propper in the heart of Albion’s midfield - the pair started 33 games alongside one another for Chris Hughton’s team.

The 28-year-old learned a tough lesson on his Premier League debut, as Kevin De Bruyne stole possession from the midfielder and Manchester City surged forward to break the deadlock.

But Stephens grew into his role as the season continued, and Albion’s central-midfield pairing linked up the play and complimented each other, which proved a key component in securing Premier League survival.

Stephens played every minute of Premier League football in Albion’s opening 29 matches of the season, but injury meant the midfielder would miss matches against Everton and Leicester City.

The Seagulls were beaten 2-0 on both occasions, which perhaps highlighted the importance of Stephens’s contribution to the team throughout the season.

Stephens claimed three assists in the Premier League, while scoring his only goal of the season against Crystal Palace in the Emirates FA Cup - a game which also saw him captain the side.

The midfielder featured in Albion’s opening three games in the competition, but was unavailable for the quarter-final clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford due to injury.

Impressive performances towards the end of the season - especially against Tottenham Hotspur and the Red Devils - helped the Seagulls secure the points needed to guarantee their place in the Premier League for another season.

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