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2017/18 PLAYER FOCUS: SHANE DUFFY

22 June 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Shane Duffy stretches to meet the ball at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy topped a number of charts for defensive stats throughout the 2017/18 Premier League season, as he made 37 league appearances for the Seagulls and helped the club to a 15th-placed finish.

Duffy ended the season with the most clearances [327] in the Premier League, 57 ahead of closest rival Ahmed Hegazi from West Bromwich Albion.

The Irishman also topped the charts for most clearances off the line [4] and headed clearances [237] - again finding himself one place ahead of Baggies defender Hegazi.

Duffy also made the most blocks [59] in the league - one ahead of team-mate Lewis Dunk [58] - and came third in the category for aerial battles won [193] - only finding himself behind Peter Crouch and Christian Benteke.

The central defender made his first appearance of the season against Manchester City on the opening day and helped his team-mates to six clean sheets before Watford’s visit to the Amex Stadium in December.

The match against the Hornets was the only match Duffy missed in the league all season, due to picking up five yellow cards throughout the campaign - but Connor Goldson stepped in and Albion sealed a 1-0 victory.



Duffy returned for the following match and remained in the starting line-up for the rest of the league season - recording a number of impressive displays alongside Dunk in the heart of Albion’s backline.

The 26-year-old claimed his second assist of the season against Arsenal at the Amex, as he nodded down a set-piece into the path of Dunk, who fired home to put Albion ahead on the south coast.

Duffy then returned to former club Goodison Park in the following game, but the Seagulls were beaten 2-0 - with Mathew Ryan saving a Wayne Rooney penalty after Duffy was penalised for a foul inside the box.

Albion sealed Premier League survival with a goalless draw against Burnley and a victory over Manchester United at the Amex, and Duffy played a key role in keeping back-to-back clean sheets in those matches.

The Republic of Ireland international ended the season without finding the back of the net, but Duffy went close on a number of occasions and will certainly look to open his account next season.


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