Slam Dunk for young prospect Lewis
January 10, 2012 in Championship
By Matthew King
Brighton fans up and down the country will be counting down the seconds until the transfer window closes on the 31st of January, in the faint hope of keeping hold of the latest player to attract a host of Premiership clubs, central defender Lewis Dunk.
Lewis has been outstanding so far this campaign, his debut Championship season. He originally got drafted in to partner skipper Gordon Greer, due to the injuries of both Adam El-Abd and Tommy Elphick. Hard to believe that it was only Lewis’ third game for Brighton against Doncaster on the opening day of the season.For such a young lad he put in such a confident, astute performance. Dunk has performed above expectation so far this season. His performances have not gone unnoticed by Stuart Pearce, the England u21 manager, as Lewis received his first call up in November against Iceland and Belgium in the European Qualifiers. Dunk, however, was an unused sub in both games.
His heading ability amongst others is what is considered his best attribute, as well as his positional sense. The latter being more impressive taking into consideration the way in which Brighton play, which is starting with the ball from the back and slowly working it forward. His passing is also a key element of his game and although, Gus Poyet likes his players to play it short and quick Lewis’ long ball distribution is just as good, and can easily ping a ball 80 yards for Craig Mackail-Smith to run on too, or 60 yards to Craig Noone’s feet.
The one thing, currently, that lets him down would be his disciplinary problem. Although he has yet to see a red card, his cautions so far this season amount too 10. This, however, will get better and will come with time as he matures as a player.
Lewis has caught the eye of many Premiership managers, with rumours of different teams’ scouts watching him every game (and no doubt go away impressed). Every week you hear of different clubs being linked with a January move for him, some of these teams have been; Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Newcastle, Aston Villa and most recently (who I believe he will join) Everton. That said it would need to take big offer of around £3/4 million to see him leave Brighton. In my opinion this would be a steal for any Premiership team.
Gus Poyet did say that in the near future he will be playing in the Premiership and for England. You can’t say he doesn’t know his stuff…