Departing Upson says Dunk is the future for Albion

Lewis Dunk (right) has been tipped for a Premier League future by Albion's Leicester-bound veteran Matt Upson

Lewis Dunk (right) has been tipped for a Premier League future by Albion's Leicester-bound veteran Matt Upson

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Departed Matt Upson has hailed Lewis Dunk as the future of Albion's defence.

The Leicester-bound former England centre-half believes Dunk has the credentials to eventually play in the Premier League too.

The consistency of player of the season Upson in partnership with skipper Gordon Greer restricted Dunk to 11 appearances, including eight starts.

The 22-year-old became next-in-line in January when long-serving Adam El-Abd moved to Bristol City, where Dunk had a spell on loan earlier in the campaign.

Dunk deputised for the injured Upson in the 4-1 defeat in the second leg of the play-offs against Derby County.

Although his opportunities were limited, Upson says it was another step forward in his footballing education.

The veteran stopper, who has signed for Leicester in a one-year deal, told The Argus: "I think he can take a lot from it. When he steps in he does exceptionally well. Without any doubt he is the future of the club.

"He really impresses me with the ball. His range of passing and execution of passing is first class.

"He's got some things to work on, as every young player has at that age and I had at that age.

"It's just a case of him playing games, getting that experience and learning about himself and what he needs to do, analysing his game and setting himself some goals to get better in the areas that are going to make him a Premier League standard player, which he is capable of being."

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10:01am Fri 23 May 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

Quite right.
Lewis needs to take note of what Matty says.
Get your head down and work at it. It's in your own hands to carve out a great career. UTA
Quite right. Lewis needs to take note of what Matty says. Get your head down and work at it. It's in your own hands to carve out a great career. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 18

10:05am Fri 23 May 14

rolivan says...

Should be a fun time reading the comments today . Now all we need is a replacement for GG and 2 back up players . At this rate the new manager will be here before the incoming players required.
Should be a fun time reading the comments today . Now all we need is a replacement for GG and 2 back up players . At this rate the new manager will be here before the incoming players required. rolivan
  • Score: 0

10:06am Fri 23 May 14

Singing Seagull, Indonesia says...

Oh dear. Looks like Upson's been got by the Dunk family mafia, eh Freeloaders 😉

Have to agree that whilst experience brings knowledge and skills that younger players don't possess, at some point those ageing legs need to be replaced by younger stock.

The future's bright, the future's Dunk.

UTA and good luck next season Matt.
Oh dear. Looks like Upson's been got by the Dunk family mafia, eh Freeloaders 😉 Have to agree that whilst experience brings knowledge and skills that younger players don't possess, at some point those ageing legs need to be replaced by younger stock. The future's bright, the future's Dunk. UTA and good luck next season Matt. Singing Seagull, Indonesia
  • Score: 16

10:08am Fri 23 May 14

john newman says...

Sad loss. We need top players not lose them. How many others will follow? Ulloa? Need a manager quickly to restore confidence and mould a squad not someone to work with what is left!!
Sad loss. We need top players not lose them. How many others will follow? Ulloa? Need a manager quickly to restore confidence and mould a squad not someone to work with what is left!! john newman
  • Score: -2

10:08am Fri 23 May 14

Claude Back says...

They've mentioned Dunk again. That cannot be good. I feel a certain poster stirring in the depths.
They've mentioned Dunk again. That cannot be good. I feel a certain poster stirring in the depths. Claude Back
  • Score: 4

10:33am Fri 23 May 14

albionfan33 says...

with consistant game time he could be very good for us im not that fussed upsons gone hes 35 and injury prone we need fresh blood now. our squad was built for promotion 2 yrs ago now it needs clearing out
with consistant game time he could be very good for us im not that fussed upsons gone hes 35 and injury prone we need fresh blood now. our squad was built for promotion 2 yrs ago now it needs clearing out albionfan33
  • Score: 3

10:38am Fri 23 May 14

elljam says...

Can't say I'm gutted about Upson leaving . There's no doubt that he was very good this season & given the choice I'd rather keep him than Greer, but the back four was very slow & defended far too deep. I've said before that a quicker back four means a higher line, enabling the team to press in the opponents half & play at a quicker tempo
So surely it's time for some younger legs in that area & I really hope that Dunk gets a regular starting slot as like Upson says, he is capable of being Premier League quality.
Let's hope the replacements are younger & quicker.
Can't say I'm gutted about Upson leaving . There's no doubt that he was very good this season & given the choice I'd rather keep him than Greer, but the back four was very slow & defended far too deep. I've said before that a quicker back four means a higher line, enabling the team to press in the opponents half & play at a quicker tempo So surely it's time for some younger legs in that area & I really hope that Dunk gets a regular starting slot as like Upson says, he is capable of being Premier League quality. Let's hope the replacements are younger & quicker. elljam
  • Score: 7

10:40am Fri 23 May 14

Aye Aye says...

I would prefer to rely on youth than depend upon the

At 35, Upson could never be a long to medium-term option and his susceptibility to injury and periods away from the squad would only increase; Bridge is an illustration of this point. Whether or not Dunk is up for the challenge (personally, I think he is but I accept that's not a consensus amongst us), we need to start building our back four with younger players in mind. Greer would be my next concern but we're a season or two away from that inevitability.

With the new training facility and the emphasis on the Development Squad, I feel we have a solid player strategy; add to this a blend of experience (yes, we've lost two defensive stalwarts but there are plenty more Bridges and Upsons out there who would relish coming to our wonderful club), and we're back fighting for our place in the upper echelons of the game.

Nope, I'm certainly not panicking (yet!) but I do want to see a manager in place very soon and to hear of our plans to bolster the squad.

Que es futbol - UTA!
I would prefer to rely on youth than depend upon the At 35, Upson could never be a long to medium-term option and his susceptibility to injury and periods away from the squad would only increase; Bridge is an illustration of this point. Whether or not Dunk is up for the challenge (personally, I think he is but I accept that's not a consensus amongst us), we need to start building our back four with younger players in mind. Greer would be my next concern but we're a season or two away from that inevitability. With the new training facility and the emphasis on the Development Squad, I feel we have a solid player strategy; add to this a blend of experience (yes, we've lost two defensive stalwarts but there are plenty more Bridges and Upsons out there who would relish coming to our wonderful club), and we're back fighting for our place in the upper echelons of the game. Nope, I'm certainly not panicking (yet!) but I do want to see a manager in place very soon and to hear of our plans to bolster the squad. Que es futbol - UTA! Aye Aye
  • Score: 6

11:10am Fri 23 May 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

Claude Back wrote:
They've mentioned Dunk again. That cannot be good. I feel a certain poster stirring in the depths.
Claude, in referring to that person perhaps you've inadvertently come up with the solution, albeit there's a question about the 'problem'. Dunk should simply change his handle and adopt a brand new persona. He could also grow a beard..!
[quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: They've mentioned Dunk again. That cannot be good. I feel a certain poster stirring in the depths.[/p][/quote]Claude, in referring to that person perhaps you've inadvertently come up with the solution, albeit there's a question about the 'problem'. Dunk should simply change his handle and adopt a brand new persona. He could also grow a beard..! Willie, Willie Irvine
  • Score: 2

11:13am Fri 23 May 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
Claude Back wrote: They've mentioned Dunk again. That cannot be good. I feel a certain poster stirring in the depths.
Claude, in referring to that person perhaps you've inadvertently come up with the solution, albeit there's a question about the 'problem'. Dunk should simply change his handle and adopt a brand new persona. He could also grow a beard..!
By 'that person' I mean the man of many identities...but the same comments.
[quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: They've mentioned Dunk again. That cannot be good. I feel a certain poster stirring in the depths.[/p][/quote]Claude, in referring to that person perhaps you've inadvertently come up with the solution, albeit there's a question about the 'problem'. Dunk should simply change his handle and adopt a brand new persona. He could also grow a beard..![/p][/quote]By 'that person' I mean the man of many identities...but the same comments. Willie, Willie Irvine
  • Score: 2

11:53am Fri 23 May 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Claude Back wrote:
They've mentioned Dunk again. That cannot be good. I feel a certain poster stirring in the depths.
:-) I for one am looking for him to inform us of the precise minutes in a game that Dunk does something wrong (and not just once, but 4-5 times on each and every story, even those unrelated to football), because none of the rest of us are capable of seeing for ourselves!

I'm looking forward to Dunk stepping up to the plate and proving once and for all he has what it takes, as Matt Upson has predicted (unless MU is also Dunk's dad...?)
[quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: They've mentioned Dunk again. That cannot be good. I feel a certain poster stirring in the depths.[/p][/quote]:-) I for one am looking for him to inform us of the precise minutes in a game that Dunk does something wrong (and not just once, but 4-5 times on each and every story, even those unrelated to football), because none of the rest of us are capable of seeing for ourselves! I'm looking forward to Dunk stepping up to the plate and proving once and for all he has what it takes, as Matt Upson has predicted (unless MU is also Dunk's dad...?) Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 5

1:33pm Fri 23 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

Upson was about to be out of contract and Leicester have snapped him up, nothing to do with budgets or wages, Upson just wanted one last hoorah, good luck to him, I am a little surprised that Leicester didn't snap up TK too.

I suppose we will now see an improved offer for Ulloa, but that is a tansfer I just don't see happening. The money we want for Leo should kill off that sale. The big boys in the prem don't need Ulloa and the lower teams might not want to lash out 7 million, not this side of the january window, a time when some clubs will be in trouble and Leo might have banged in a bunch of goals.
Upson was about to be out of contract and Leicester have snapped him up, nothing to do with budgets or wages, Upson just wanted one last hoorah, good luck to him, I am a little surprised that Leicester didn't snap up TK too. I suppose we will now see an improved offer for Ulloa, but that is a tansfer I just don't see happening. The money we want for Leo should kill off that sale. The big boys in the prem don't need Ulloa and the lower teams might not want to lash out 7 million, not this side of the january window, a time when some clubs will be in trouble and Leo might have banged in a bunch of goals. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 3

1:48pm Fri 23 May 14

DuncanThickett says...

In a way, all these experienced players leaving is quite exciting. I think changes were needed, and we seem to be jumping into change with both feet (not off the ground though, that would be a straight red). I'm of course assuming that replacements will be found, and hoping that they will be younger, quicker, cheaper wages, and able to create a nucleus that can be carried forward through the seasons. It's a shame we didn't bring in Virgil van Dyke at the back, but looking forward to seeing what happens.
In a way, all these experienced players leaving is quite exciting. I think changes were needed, and we seem to be jumping into change with both feet (not off the ground though, that would be a straight red). I'm of course assuming that replacements will be found, and hoping that they will be younger, quicker, cheaper wages, and able to create a nucleus that can be carried forward through the seasons. It's a shame we didn't bring in Virgil van Dyke at the back, but looking forward to seeing what happens. DuncanThickett
  • Score: 1

3:25pm Fri 23 May 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

DuncanThickett wrote:
In a way, all these experienced players leaving is quite exciting. I think changes were needed, and we seem to be jumping into change with both feet (not off the ground though, that would be a straight red). I'm of course assuming that replacements will be found, and hoping that they will be younger, quicker, cheaper wages, and able to create a nucleus that can be carried forward through the seasons. It's a shame we didn't bring in Virgil van Dyke at the back, but looking forward to seeing what happens.
Yep, it's a shame VvD didn't want to sign, or Grabban, or the other guy who went to Millwall, but we (you, me, a few others) look forwards, not back and wonder "what might have been". It's "what might be" that's important now.

Still positive, and will be even more so once we get a new man (or woman) at the helm.
[quote][p][bold]DuncanThickett[/bold] wrote: In a way, all these experienced players leaving is quite exciting. I think changes were needed, and we seem to be jumping into change with both feet (not off the ground though, that would be a straight red). I'm of course assuming that replacements will be found, and hoping that they will be younger, quicker, cheaper wages, and able to create a nucleus that can be carried forward through the seasons. It's a shame we didn't bring in Virgil van Dyke at the back, but looking forward to seeing what happens.[/p][/quote]Yep, it's a shame VvD didn't want to sign, or Grabban, or the other guy who went to Millwall, but we (you, me, a few others) look forwards, not back and wonder "what might have been". It's "what might be" that's important now. Still positive, and will be even more so once we get a new man (or woman) at the helm. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 0

6:07pm Fri 23 May 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Do I trust Matt Upson - reigning player of the year and ex-England defender - when it comes to rating Lewis Dunk? Yes. Yes, I do.
Do I trust Matt Upson - reigning player of the year and ex-England defender - when it comes to rating Lewis Dunk? Yes. Yes, I do. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 4

6:15pm Fri 23 May 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Joel'sGrandad wrote:
Quite right.
Lewis needs to take note of what Matty says.
Get your head down and work at it. It's in your own hands to carve out a great career. UTA
Experience is all he's missing. The only way to get that is to play regularly. Get 40 games out of him in a season and he'll be worth £1m+, but it's all down to him now. Keep fit, get your head down and show everyone why we won't miss Upson as much as we may have feared.

(And yes, I still wish Upson had stayed as that kind of experience is invaluable.)
[quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: Quite right. Lewis needs to take note of what Matty says. Get your head down and work at it. It's in your own hands to carve out a great career. UTA[/p][/quote]Experience is all he's missing. The only way to get that is to play regularly. Get 40 games out of him in a season and he'll be worth £1m+, but it's all down to him now. Keep fit, get your head down and show everyone why we won't miss Upson as much as we may have feared. (And yes, I still wish Upson had stayed as that kind of experience is invaluable.) Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 1

9:06pm Fri 23 May 14

Sussex J says...

Next Manager Betting Alert
None of us is reading too much into the betting but Tony Mowbray has shortened to 2/1 from 33/1
Next Manager Betting Alert None of us is reading too much into the betting but Tony Mowbray has shortened to 2/1 from 33/1 Sussex J
  • Score: -1

10:41pm Fri 23 May 14

Tony the tiger eastbourne says...

iRobot208 wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
Joel'sGrandad wrote:
Quite right.
Lewis needs to take note of what Matty says.
Get your head down and work at it. It's in your own hands to carve out a great career. UTA
Experience is all he's missing. The only way to get that is to play regularly. Get 40 games out of him in a season and he'll be worth £1m+, but it's all down to him now. Keep fit, get your head down and show everyone why we won't miss Upson as much as we may have feared.

(And yes, I still wish Upson had stayed as that kind of experience is invaluable.)
LOL what pure rubbish.If that was really the case its even more reason for clubs like Hull,Derby,and the LCFC of the world to make a bid now.Like the staff at Derby and Hull said after the games i wouldn't even take it on a free.Please do say why Poyet and OG don't see it your way then?Poyet thinks his about a league 2 player at best.
Sounds like youve got an attitude problem mate!! Everyone is entitled to their opinion, if fir some reason it aint yours, so be it. Now grow up and behave
[quote][p][bold]iRobot208[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: Quite right. Lewis needs to take note of what Matty says. Get your head down and work at it. It's in your own hands to carve out a great career. UTA[/p][/quote]Experience is all he's missing. The only way to get that is to play regularly. Get 40 games out of him in a season and he'll be worth £1m+, but it's all down to him now. Keep fit, get your head down and show everyone why we won't miss Upson as much as we may have feared. (And yes, I still wish Upson had stayed as that kind of experience is invaluable.)[/p][/quote]LOL what pure rubbish.If that was really the case its even more reason for clubs like Hull,Derby,and the LCFC of the world to make a bid now.Like the staff at Derby and Hull said after the games i wouldn't even take it on a free.Please do say why Poyet and OG don't see it your way then?Poyet thinks his about a league 2 player at best.[/p][/quote]Sounds like youve got an attitude problem mate!! Everyone is entitled to their opinion, if fir some reason it aint yours, so be it. Now grow up and behave Tony the tiger eastbourne
  • Score: 1

11:27pm Fri 23 May 14

OldGull says...

Dunk can step up and replace Upson,
I have no doubt about that.
An added bonus is it will seriously P1ss off a certain poster.

HoHoHo

I now await the accusation of being vile, small minded, sad etc etc..............
Dunk can step up and replace Upson, I have no doubt about that. An added bonus is it will seriously P1ss off a certain poster. HoHoHo I now await the accusation of being vile, small minded, sad etc etc.............. OldGull
  • Score: 3

7:59am Sat 24 May 14

OldGull says...

Robot is a good name for our resident troll.
It has been programmed with about 20 words.
And whatever the topic we are discussing, the same bile is spouted.

No point having it removed, because it reappears next day with a different name. So the best result is not to talk to it directly.

Unfortunately this site has a cancerous growth which we all have to live with (metaphorically).
The thought that someone really had to live with it is too much to bear, I wouldn't even wish that on a palace supporter.
Robot is a good name for our resident troll. It has been programmed with about 20 words. And whatever the topic we are discussing, the same bile is spouted. No point having it removed, because it reappears next day with a different name. So the best result is not to talk to it directly. Unfortunately this site has a cancerous growth which we all have to live with (metaphorically). The thought that someone really had to live with it is too much to bear, I wouldn't even wish that on a palace supporter. OldGull
  • Score: 1

9:19am Sat 24 May 14

Captain Haddock says...

OldGull wrote:
Dunk can step up and replace Upson,
I have no doubt about that.
An added bonus is it will seriously P1ss off a certain poster.

HoHoHo

I now await the accusation of being vile, small minded, sad etc etc..............
You are a small weak child with half a brain OldGull. Your son (he has an incredible number of Dads you know?) has no talent at all....Matthew Upson knows nothing.:::how would he know a good player being an ex-Arsenal and England player.

Everyone apart from me is 100% a sad mug.

;0)






(Speaking of sad mugs, do you reckon the club still have any of those Ryan Harley mugs in the half price sale?). They were quality! :0)

I might buy one plus a Lewis Dunk equivalent for Freeloaders. He thinks about him longingly every day so he may as well have one. Perhaps they can inset them in a love heart?
[quote][p][bold]OldGull[/bold] wrote: Dunk can step up and replace Upson, I have no doubt about that. An added bonus is it will seriously P1ss off a certain poster. HoHoHo I now await the accusation of being vile, small minded, sad etc etc..............[/p][/quote]You are a small weak child with half a brain OldGull. Your son (he has an incredible number of Dads you know?) has no talent at all....Matthew Upson knows nothing.:::how would he know a good player being an ex-Arsenal and England player. Everyone apart from me is 100% a sad mug. ;0) (Speaking of sad mugs, do you reckon the club still have any of those Ryan Harley mugs in the half price sale?). They were quality! :0) I might buy one plus a Lewis Dunk equivalent for Freeloaders. He thinks about him longingly every day so he may as well have one. Perhaps they can inset them in a love heart? Captain Haddock
  • Score: 0

9:59am Sat 24 May 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

This is actually a Dunk story, hence why we are talking about him.
This is actually a Dunk story, hence why we are talking about him. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 1

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