Dunk tipped to shine when Albion face QPR

Lewis Dunk is poised to replace Gordon Greer

Lewis Dunk is poised to replace Gordon Greer

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

ALBION No. 1 Tomasz Kuszczak has backed Lewis Dunk to shine on his first Championship start for 15 months.

Dunk is poised to replace suspended skipper Gordon Greer in tomorrow night's crunch clash with QPR at the Amex.

Dunk was brought on immediately after Greer’s red card early in the second half against Reading on Saturday and helped the Seagulls to a 1-1 draw.

Kuszczak told The Argus: “There is no doubt that Lewis can perform. He’s a good player, both technical and in his strength. “He is really hungry to play football because he doesn’t get many chances. This will be a good opportunity for him to perform. I’m sure he’ll do well.”

Dunk’s last Championship start was at home to Millwall in December 2012 but the 22-year-old featured in Albion’s FA Cup run, including both fifth round games against Hull.

Kuszczak said: “The amount of games we play help you to establish yourself. It is much easier to perform if you’re playing regularly. “If you don’t play a lot and then you play after two or three months without football it’s hard to settle in.

“He should be at match tempo because his last FA Cup game wasn’t too long ago. On Saturday he played 35 minutes and I’m sure he will be ready for QPR, if he plays!”

Central midfielders Dale Stephens (foot) and Andrea Orlandi (thigh) missed the Reading game and Spanish striker David Rodriguez, signed in January, did not make the 18-man squad.

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6:59am Mon 10 Mar 14

LAWgull says...

Always rated Dunk .I think he has great potential. Know he has made some major errors but who hasn't ??
Always rated Dunk .I think he has great potential. Know he has made some major errors but who hasn't ?? LAWgull
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9:08am Mon 10 Mar 14

jaybee68 says...

LAWgull wrote:
Always rated Dunk .I think he has great potential. Know he has made some major errors but who hasn't ??
Completely agreed.
I hadn't always rated Dunk as noted he had been severely accident prone. But in every opportunity he has had this season he has been near faultless. Clearly he has continued to learn, both from his mistakes and from training.
What I like about him is that although not lightening fast, he is significantly quicker than Greer and whereas Greer's first look is sideways it appears that Dunk's first look is forward. He seems less afraid than others to pass the ball forward and that gives us an extra dimension.
Clearly he will still make mistakes, but if he is never given the chance of first team football then he will never get the experience to eradicate the errors. As I see more of him, I'd be quite happy to see him as a replacement more regularly for Greer
[quote][p][bold]LAWgull[/bold] wrote: Always rated Dunk .I think he has great potential. Know he has made some major errors but who hasn't ??[/p][/quote]Completely agreed. I hadn't always rated Dunk as noted he had been severely accident prone. But in every opportunity he has had this season he has been near faultless. Clearly he has continued to learn, both from his mistakes and from training. What I like about him is that although not lightening fast, he is significantly quicker than Greer and whereas Greer's first look is sideways it appears that Dunk's first look is forward. He seems less afraid than others to pass the ball forward and that gives us an extra dimension. Clearly he will still make mistakes, but if he is never given the chance of first team football then he will never get the experience to eradicate the errors. As I see more of him, I'd be quite happy to see him as a replacement more regularly for Greer jaybee68
  • Score: 9

12:52pm Mon 10 Mar 14

VegasSeagull says...

I don't have any concern at all about Dunk stepping in against QPR, he will do what is expected and needed. The one concern I do have is that there won't be a recognized center back on the bench.
I don't have any concern at all about Dunk stepping in against QPR, he will do what is expected and needed. The one concern I do have is that there won't be a recognized center back on the bench. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 0

5:09pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I don't have any concern at all about Dunk stepping in against QPR, he will do what is expected and needed. The one concern I do have is that there won't be a recognized center back on the bench.
My thoughts precisely. Dunk is decent and will only get better by playing against decent teams. For the sake of one match I'm not surprised by the lack of loan action as Calde can play there - in fact I remember his having an absolute blinder at centre-back once a couple of years ago.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I don't have any concern at all about Dunk stepping in against QPR, he will do what is expected and needed. The one concern I do have is that there won't be a recognized center back on the bench.[/p][/quote]My thoughts precisely. Dunk is decent and will only get better by playing against decent teams. For the sake of one match I'm not surprised by the lack of loan action as Calde can play there - in fact I remember his having an absolute blinder at centre-back once a couple of years ago. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 1

5:37pm Mon 10 Mar 14

OldGull says...

Agreed, Tomorrow is a great opportunity for him

My only concern with this feed is how long before the trolls start sniping?
Agreed, Tomorrow is a great opportunity for him My only concern with this feed is how long before the trolls start sniping? OldGull
  • Score: 1

7:36pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

OldGull wrote:
Agreed, Tomorrow is a great opportunity for him

My only concern with this feed is how long before the trolls start sniping?
Well, the worst of them seem to have been banned for the umpteenth time.
[quote][p][bold]OldGull[/bold] wrote: Agreed, Tomorrow is a great opportunity for him My only concern with this feed is how long before the trolls start sniping?[/p][/quote]Well, the worst of them seem to have been banned for the umpteenth time. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 0

10:46pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Zamora251 says...

Greer is way past his best, was at the game on Saturday and Ive seen Greer quite a few times this season, his play is always negative and always passes backwards or sideways neither forwards, the guy simply has no pace at all, Dunk should be given a chance, lets face it, it wasn't too long ago Arsenal were looking at Dunk
Greer is way past his best, was at the game on Saturday and Ive seen Greer quite a few times this season, his play is always negative and always passes backwards or sideways neither forwards, the guy simply has no pace at all, Dunk should be given a chance, lets face it, it wasn't too long ago Arsenal were looking at Dunk Zamora251
  • Score: -1

9:07am Tue 11 Mar 14

Oscar's Chin says...

If you say his name five times in the mirror he appears. He is the Candytroll!
If you say his name five times in the mirror he appears. He is the Candytroll! Oscar's Chin
  • Score: 0

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