Brighton & Hove Albion’s Player of the Season Shane Duffy dominated the Premier League’s defensive stats for a second season in a row, while also coming out on top in the goalscoring charts.
The Irishman took home the main prize at this month’s Players’ Awards, and some of the stats from the 2018/19 Premier League season explain exactly why.
After finishing top of the pile for most clearances, clearances off the goal line and headed clearances last season, the 27-year-old retained his record in all three categories for a second campaign in a row.
Duffy finished eight clearances ahead of Burnley’s James Tarkowski on 243, with team-mate Lewis Dunk placing inside the Premier League’s top ten with 193.
Tarkowski was Duffy’s closest competitor for most headed clearances as well, but the central defender finished on 170, some 32 headed clearances ahead of the England international.
Last season Duffy managed four clearances off the goal line, and the Irishman repeated the feat once more to finish on top, while also ending up third (47) for blocks, just ahead of team-mate Dunk in fourth (38).
But Duffy’s contribution stretched further than the defensive third — he found the back of the net five times for the Seagulls, which made him the top-scoring defender in the Premier League last season.
Duffy scored his first top-flight goal against Manchester United at the Amex Stadium back in August, before adding to his tally against Southampton, Huddersfield Town, West Ham United and Burnley.