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5 June 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk stretches to meet the ball at St Mary's.

Lewis Dunk was one of only five outfield players to play every single minute of Premier League football for his team during the 2017/18 season - a total of 3,420 minutes.

The defender also captained the Seagulls in 15 matches, due to the absence of Bruno, and helped Chris Hughton’s men to ten clean sheets throughout their debut season in the Premier League.

Dunk’s introduction to the top flight was tough, as he scored an own goal against Manchester City on the opening day of the season, despite the Seagulls containing their opponents for 70 minutes.

But the 26-year-old’s partnership with Shane Duffy strengthened as the season continued, with the central defensive pair making an eye-catching number of blocks and clearances.

Dunk’s first Premier League victory as captain came against West Ham United at home, and the following month saw the defender’s first Albion goal in the top flight.

Duffy rose highest to head the ball into Dunk’s path against Arsenal at the Amex Stadium, and the academy graduate lashed home from close range to break the deadlock in Albion’s 2-1 victory.

The defender produced a fine display when Manchester United arrived on the south coast in May, as he threw his body on the line and cleared numerous balls into the box to protect Albion’s 1-0 lead.

Dunk ended the season with impressive stats, as he made the second most blocks in the league [58] - behind team-mate Duffy - and also the joint-fourth most clearances off the line.

He made 223 clearances during his debut season in the Premier League, as well as 128 headed clearances - which were the ninth and 11th best records respectively.

His outstanding performances throughout the campaign were recognised by his team-mates, as he won the Players’ Player of the Season Award at the end-of-season Players’ Awards Dinner.

Dunk also received 18% of the votes for the Player of the Season Award - chosen by the club’s fans - losing out to Pascal Gross, who received 36% of the votes.

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