Hyypia's words of advice for Albion goal hero Dunk

Lewis Dunk heads home his second goal

Lewis Dunk heads home his second goal

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

ALBION boss Sami Hyypia has vowed to keep Lewis Dunk in check so that the young centre-half fulfills his sky-high potential.

Dunk nodded both equalisers, the second in stoppage time, in the Seagulls’ 2-2 draw against Charlton at the Amex.

Hyypia has predicted a bright future for the 22-year-old, as long as he stays level-headed.

The Finn told The Argus: “I hadn’t heard a lot about him. I watched a few games from last season and I could see he is a promising young central defender who can play football as well.

“I had a good picture in my mind of him and he showed me in pre-season he is as good as I thought.

“I think in the last games he has even improved. If he keeps his concentration levels as they have been for the whole season then he can improve even more and maybe in his career he can go onto good things.

“He has all the attributes for a good centre-back. He’s big, good in the air, quite quick as well and he can play football. I think the sky’s the limit but he needs to keep his feet on the ground and keep concentrating game after game and training after training.

“It’s very important that he keeps his concentration and is not carried away thinking he is better than he is. It’s my job to keep it like this and keep his feet on the ground.”

Albion’s first Championship draw of the season has left them 13th in the early table going into the international break, whenAaron Hughes (Northern Ireland), Greer (Scotland), Jake Forster-Caskey and Christian Walton (England), Joao Teixeira (Portugal) and Vitalijs Maksimenko (Latvia) are all in action for their countries.

The Seagulls’ next game is at promoted Brentford on September 13.

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5:59am Mon 1 Sep 14

JeffLomer says...

That's music to my ears Lewis Dunk getting praise off Hyppia whom himself was a great centre back, now Lewis has got over all his problems off the pitch and he had a lot to mess his head up outside football, has obviously realized this could off been his last chance to impress, because he needs to be a regular starter in our team he's been on the outside waiting for this moment so he needs to kick on now with his career and keep a regular place in the starting eleven, the lad is keeping a international out the team, future captain in the making here,!! Just hope no premiership scouts are looking at him, according to one off our regular idiots on here nobody rates him, we all do though,
Up the Albion!!
That's music to my ears Lewis Dunk getting praise off Hyppia whom himself was a great centre back, now Lewis has got over all his problems off the pitch and he had a lot to mess his head up outside football, has obviously realized this could off been his last chance to impress, because he needs to be a regular starter in our team he's been on the outside waiting for this moment so he needs to kick on now with his career and keep a regular place in the starting eleven, the lad is keeping a international out the team, future captain in the making here,!! Just hope no premiership scouts are looking at him, according to one off our regular idiots on here nobody rates him, we all do though, Up the Albion!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 29

7:08am Mon 1 Sep 14

brightonup says...

JeffLomer wrote:
That's music to my ears Lewis Dunk getting praise off Hyppia whom himself was a great centre back, now Lewis has got over all his problems off the pitch and he had a lot to mess his head up outside football, has obviously realized this could off been his last chance to impress, because he needs to be a regular starter in our team he's been on the outside waiting for this moment so he needs to kick on now with his career and keep a regular place in the starting eleven, the lad is keeping a international out the team, future captain in the making here,!! Just hope no premiership scouts are looking at him, according to one off our regular idiots on here nobody rates him, we all do though,
Up the Albion!!
Agree with this, including the reference to 'regular idiots'. Trouble is, some continue to encourage them by treating their troll comments as if they were genuine.
[quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: That's music to my ears Lewis Dunk getting praise off Hyppia whom himself was a great centre back, now Lewis has got over all his problems off the pitch and he had a lot to mess his head up outside football, has obviously realized this could off been his last chance to impress, because he needs to be a regular starter in our team he's been on the outside waiting for this moment so he needs to kick on now with his career and keep a regular place in the starting eleven, the lad is keeping a international out the team, future captain in the making here,!! Just hope no premiership scouts are looking at him, according to one off our regular idiots on here nobody rates him, we all do though, Up the Albion!![/p][/quote]Agree with this, including the reference to 'regular idiots'. Trouble is, some continue to encourage them by treating their troll comments as if they were genuine. brightonup
  • Score: 4

7:08am Mon 1 Sep 14

elljam says...

It's strange that it's taken a fellow centre back to realise just how good Dunk is. For some reason he has quite a few detractors on this forum but for me the guy has always been different class.
Even last season, apart from the odd game, every time he started he was virtually MOM but was soon back on the bench because Oscar didn't have the b*****ks to drop Greer.
Everything Hyppia says about him is spot on & the only thing that can stop him being a top Premier League performer is himself. It's always been evident when watching him that the guy has a lot of belief in his own ability as he plays with a swagger & as long as he doesn't become over confident then it's only a matter of time before he'll be off to a bigger club.
It's strange that it's taken a fellow centre back to realise just how good Dunk is. For some reason he has quite a few detractors on this forum but for me the guy has always been different class. Even last season, apart from the odd game, every time he started he was virtually MOM but was soon back on the bench because Oscar didn't have the b*****ks to drop Greer. Everything Hyppia says about him is spot on & the only thing that can stop him being a top Premier League performer is himself. It's always been evident when watching him that the guy has a lot of belief in his own ability as he plays with a swagger & as long as he doesn't become over confident then it's only a matter of time before he'll be off to a bigger club. elljam
  • Score: 10

7:27am Mon 1 Sep 14

Mossie707 says...

elljam wrote:
It's strange that it's taken a fellow centre back to realise just how good Dunk is. For some reason he has quite a few detractors on this forum but for me the guy has always been different class.
Even last season, apart from the odd game, every time he started he was virtually MOM but was soon back on the bench because Oscar didn't have the b*****ks to drop Greer.
Everything Hyppia says about him is spot on & the only thing that can stop him being a top Premier League performer is himself. It's always been evident when watching him that the guy has a lot of belief in his own ability as he plays with a swagger & as long as he doesn't become over confident then it's only a matter of time before he'll be off to a bigger club.
Well let's hope that he stays and matures into a big time player with a big club in the making then.... :-)
[quote][p][bold]elljam[/bold] wrote: It's strange that it's taken a fellow centre back to realise just how good Dunk is. For some reason he has quite a few detractors on this forum but for me the guy has always been different class. Even last season, apart from the odd game, every time he started he was virtually MOM but was soon back on the bench because Oscar didn't have the b*****ks to drop Greer. Everything Hyppia says about him is spot on & the only thing that can stop him being a top Premier League performer is himself. It's always been evident when watching him that the guy has a lot of belief in his own ability as he plays with a swagger & as long as he doesn't become over confident then it's only a matter of time before he'll be off to a bigger club.[/p][/quote]Well let's hope that he stays and matures into a big time player with a big club in the making then.... :-) Mossie707
  • Score: 14

7:49am Mon 1 Sep 14

Tubarao says...

I agree with the positve comments, but I'm a bit worried - how can he continue to be good in the air if Hyypia wants to keep his feet on the ground?
I agree with the positve comments, but I'm a bit worried - how can he continue to be good in the air if Hyypia wants to keep his feet on the ground? Tubarao
  • Score: 14

8:07am Mon 1 Sep 14

JeffLomer says...

brightonup wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
That's music to my ears Lewis Dunk getting praise off Hyppia whom himself was a great centre back, now Lewis has got over all his problems off the pitch and he had a lot to mess his head up outside football, has obviously realized this could off been his last chance to impress, because he needs to be a regular starter in our team he's been on the outside waiting for this moment so he needs to kick on now with his career and keep a regular place in the starting eleven, the lad is keeping a international out the team, future captain in the making here,!! Just hope no premiership scouts are looking at him, according to one off our regular idiots on here nobody rates him, we all do though,
Up the Albion!!
Agree with this, including the reference to 'regular idiots'. Trouble is, some continue to encourage them by treating their troll comments as if they were genuine.
Your never get rid off them, but going on about them could make you sound as boring as them,

Hope we have no players leaving today, roll on 11 o'clock when the window shuts!!
Up the Albion!!
[quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: That's music to my ears Lewis Dunk getting praise off Hyppia whom himself was a great centre back, now Lewis has got over all his problems off the pitch and he had a lot to mess his head up outside football, has obviously realized this could off been his last chance to impress, because he needs to be a regular starter in our team he's been on the outside waiting for this moment so he needs to kick on now with his career and keep a regular place in the starting eleven, the lad is keeping a international out the team, future captain in the making here,!! Just hope no premiership scouts are looking at him, according to one off our regular idiots on here nobody rates him, we all do though, Up the Albion!![/p][/quote]Agree with this, including the reference to 'regular idiots'. Trouble is, some continue to encourage them by treating their troll comments as if they were genuine.[/p][/quote]Your never get rid off them, but going on about them could make you sound as boring as them, Hope we have no players leaving today, roll on 11 o'clock when the window shuts!! Up the Albion!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 7

8:53am Mon 1 Sep 14

brightonup says...

JeffLomer wrote:
brightonup wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
That's music to my ears Lewis Dunk getting praise off Hyppia whom himself was a great centre back, now Lewis has got over all his problems off the pitch and he had a lot to mess his head up outside football, has obviously realized this could off been his last chance to impress, because he needs to be a regular starter in our team he's been on the outside waiting for this moment so he needs to kick on now with his career and keep a regular place in the starting eleven, the lad is keeping a international out the team, future captain in the making here,!! Just hope no premiership scouts are looking at him, according to one off our regular idiots on here nobody rates him, we all do though,
Up the Albion!!
Agree with this, including the reference to 'regular idiots'. Trouble is, some continue to encourage them by treating their troll comments as if they were genuine.
Your never get rid off them, but going on about them could make you sound as boring as them,

Hope we have no players leaving today, roll on 11 o'clock when the window shuts!!
Up the Albion!!
Replying to them is equally as boring - which is my point!
[quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: That's music to my ears Lewis Dunk getting praise off Hyppia whom himself was a great centre back, now Lewis has got over all his problems off the pitch and he had a lot to mess his head up outside football, has obviously realized this could off been his last chance to impress, because he needs to be a regular starter in our team he's been on the outside waiting for this moment so he needs to kick on now with his career and keep a regular place in the starting eleven, the lad is keeping a international out the team, future captain in the making here,!! Just hope no premiership scouts are looking at him, according to one off our regular idiots on here nobody rates him, we all do though, Up the Albion!![/p][/quote]Agree with this, including the reference to 'regular idiots'. Trouble is, some continue to encourage them by treating their troll comments as if they were genuine.[/p][/quote]Your never get rid off them, but going on about them could make you sound as boring as them, Hope we have no players leaving today, roll on 11 o'clock when the window shuts!! Up the Albion!![/p][/quote]Replying to them is equally as boring - which is my point! brightonup
  • Score: -1

8:55am Mon 1 Sep 14

brightonup says...

Hyypia has 'not ruled out further transfer ativity' today. I take that to mean a possibility of yet another player coming in.... but we'll see!
Hyypia has 'not ruled out further transfer ativity' today. I take that to mean a possibility of yet another player coming in.... but we'll see! brightonup
  • Score: 14

8:56am Mon 1 Sep 14

russellsnr2 says...

JeffLomer wrote:
brightonup wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
That's music to my ears Lewis Dunk getting praise off Hyppia whom himself was a great centre back, now Lewis has got over all his problems off the pitch and he had a lot to mess his head up outside football, has obviously realized this could off been his last chance to impress, because he needs to be a regular starter in our team he's been on the outside waiting for this moment so he needs to kick on now with his career and keep a regular place in the starting eleven, the lad is keeping a international out the team, future captain in the making here,!! Just hope no premiership scouts are looking at him, according to one off our regular idiots on here nobody rates him, we all do though,
Up the Albion!!
Agree with this, including the reference to 'regular idiots'. Trouble is, some continue to encourage them by treating their troll comments as if they were genuine.
Your never get rid off them, but going on about them could make you sound as boring as them,

Hope we have no players leaving today, roll on 11 o'clock when the window shuts!!
Up the Albion!!
Leaving, we hope not. Joining? will there be one more? many have said here and on the radio we are lacking that one more up front with a bit of height, yes we have Dunk up for set pieces but what about in open play do we lack that little bit of extra height in the box?
[quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: That's music to my ears Lewis Dunk getting praise off Hyppia whom himself was a great centre back, now Lewis has got over all his problems off the pitch and he had a lot to mess his head up outside football, has obviously realized this could off been his last chance to impress, because he needs to be a regular starter in our team he's been on the outside waiting for this moment so he needs to kick on now with his career and keep a regular place in the starting eleven, the lad is keeping a international out the team, future captain in the making here,!! Just hope no premiership scouts are looking at him, according to one off our regular idiots on here nobody rates him, we all do though, Up the Albion!![/p][/quote]Agree with this, including the reference to 'regular idiots'. Trouble is, some continue to encourage them by treating their troll comments as if they were genuine.[/p][/quote]Your never get rid off them, but going on about them could make you sound as boring as them, Hope we have no players leaving today, roll on 11 o'clock when the window shuts!! Up the Albion!![/p][/quote]Leaving, we hope not. Joining? will there be one more? many have said here and on the radio we are lacking that one more up front with a bit of height, yes we have Dunk up for set pieces but what about in open play do we lack that little bit of extra height in the box? russellsnr2
  • Score: 3

9:04am Mon 1 Sep 14

Alfie T says...

russellsnr2 wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
brightonup wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
That's music to my ears Lewis Dunk getting praise off Hyppia whom himself was a great centre back, now Lewis has got over all his problems off the pitch and he had a lot to mess his head up outside football, has obviously realized this could off been his last chance to impress, because he needs to be a regular starter in our team he's been on the outside waiting for this moment so he needs to kick on now with his career and keep a regular place in the starting eleven, the lad is keeping a international out the team, future captain in the making here,!! Just hope no premiership scouts are looking at him, according to one off our regular idiots on here nobody rates him, we all do though,
Up the Albion!!
Agree with this, including the reference to 'regular idiots'. Trouble is, some continue to encourage them by treating their troll comments as if they were genuine.
Your never get rid off them, but going on about them could make you sound as boring as them,

Hope we have no players leaving today, roll on 11 o'clock when the window shuts!!
Up the Albion!!
Leaving, we hope not. Joining? will there be one more? many have said here and on the radio we are lacking that one more up front with a bit of height, yes we have Dunk up for set pieces but what about in open play do we lack that little bit of extra height in the box?
Hijack Readings move for Murray.
[quote][p][bold]russellsnr2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: That's music to my ears Lewis Dunk getting praise off Hyppia whom himself was a great centre back, now Lewis has got over all his problems off the pitch and he had a lot to mess his head up outside football, has obviously realized this could off been his last chance to impress, because he needs to be a regular starter in our team he's been on the outside waiting for this moment so he needs to kick on now with his career and keep a regular place in the starting eleven, the lad is keeping a international out the team, future captain in the making here,!! Just hope no premiership scouts are looking at him, according to one off our regular idiots on here nobody rates him, we all do though, Up the Albion!![/p][/quote]Agree with this, including the reference to 'regular idiots'. Trouble is, some continue to encourage them by treating their troll comments as if they were genuine.[/p][/quote]Your never get rid off them, but going on about them could make you sound as boring as them, Hope we have no players leaving today, roll on 11 o'clock when the window shuts!! Up the Albion!![/p][/quote]Leaving, we hope not. Joining? will there be one more? many have said here and on the radio we are lacking that one more up front with a bit of height, yes we have Dunk up for set pieces but what about in open play do we lack that little bit of extra height in the box?[/p][/quote]Hijack Readings move for Murray. Alfie T
  • Score: -4

9:17am Mon 1 Sep 14

bhapilar says...

Great to see LD getting some praise from a master of that position and with SH's guidence he could develope into one of our greats.
With the transfer deadline looming, I would also like to see another forward and with some hight. This would give SH options to be able to change the system if the team is struggling to get past some of the opposition busses that will be parked in front of goal.
UTA
Great to see LD getting some praise from a master of that position and with SH's guidence he could develope into one of our greats. With the transfer deadline looming, I would also like to see another forward and with some hight. This would give SH options to be able to change the system if the team is struggling to get past some of the opposition busses that will be parked in front of goal. UTA bhapilar
  • Score: 4

9:20am Mon 1 Sep 14

Max Ripple says...

elljam wrote:
It's strange that it's taken a fellow centre back to realise just how good Dunk is. For some reason he has quite a few detractors on this forum but for me the guy has always been different class.
Even last season, apart from the odd game, every time he started he was virtually MOM but was soon back on the bench because Oscar didn't have the b*****ks to drop Greer.
Everything Hyppia says about him is spot on & the only thing that can stop him being a top Premier League performer is himself. It's always been evident when watching him that the guy has a lot of belief in his own ability as he plays with a swagger & as long as he doesn't become over confident then it's only a matter of time before he'll be off to a bigger club.
Morning all. I think a lot of us realised how good he is a few seasons back. He was one of our bright shiny new players. Unfortunately he fell off the sidewalk and lost his way. He is a young man, after all. His brush with the law was very unfortunate but responsible men have grown out of silly boys in the past. His game against Liverpool damaged him seriously with regard to his own confidence and abilities. All those blunders in front of millions of TV viewers! And the ridicule he got afterwards! He's virtually had to start from scratch again after that and rebuild himself. I'm liking what I'm seeing again and with Sami's help he will mature well.
[quote][p][bold]elljam[/bold] wrote: It's strange that it's taken a fellow centre back to realise just how good Dunk is. For some reason he has quite a few detractors on this forum but for me the guy has always been different class. Even last season, apart from the odd game, every time he started he was virtually MOM but was soon back on the bench because Oscar didn't have the b*****ks to drop Greer. Everything Hyppia says about him is spot on & the only thing that can stop him being a top Premier League performer is himself. It's always been evident when watching him that the guy has a lot of belief in his own ability as he plays with a swagger & as long as he doesn't become over confident then it's only a matter of time before he'll be off to a bigger club.[/p][/quote]Morning all. I think a lot of us realised how good he is a few seasons back. He was one of our bright shiny new players. Unfortunately he fell off the sidewalk and lost his way. He is a young man, after all. His brush with the law was very unfortunate but responsible men have grown out of silly boys in the past. His game against Liverpool damaged him seriously with regard to his own confidence and abilities. All those blunders in front of millions of TV viewers! And the ridicule he got afterwards! He's virtually had to start from scratch again after that and rebuild himself. I'm liking what I'm seeing again and with Sami's help he will mature well. Max Ripple
  • Score: 5

10:24am Mon 1 Sep 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

Lewis Dunk has a very bright future providing he maintains the right attitude, works hard and remains grounded. Sami is the ideal mentor and his comments are just what Lewis needs. UTA
Lewis Dunk has a very bright future providing he maintains the right attitude, works hard and remains grounded. Sami is the ideal mentor and his comments are just what Lewis needs. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 3

11:29am Mon 1 Sep 14

Mayfield sweeper says...

If he can stay away from pubs bars and nightclubs etc where trouble is never far away and concentrate on being a professional he should be fine. Too many footballers nowadays either end up behind bars or have serious question marks over them, with a tarnished reputation and a wasted talent all they have to show for it. You only have to look at the likes of Ched Evans, Gary Madine and Marlon King to see how easily you can go wrong. It brings shame on themselves and their clubs and supporters when they allow themselves to go off the rails with unsavoury antics and it can take a long time to repair the damage. I'm sure Sami won't allow this to happen to Dunky.
If he can stay away from pubs bars and nightclubs etc where trouble is never far away and concentrate on being a professional he should be fine. Too many footballers nowadays either end up behind bars or have serious question marks over them, with a tarnished reputation and a wasted talent all they have to show for it. You only have to look at the likes of Ched Evans, Gary Madine and Marlon King to see how easily you can go wrong. It brings shame on themselves and their clubs and supporters when they allow themselves to go off the rails with unsavoury antics and it can take a long time to repair the damage. I'm sure Sami won't allow this to happen to Dunky. Mayfield sweeper
  • Score: 2
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