Any Albion fan would testify to the defensive attributes of Lewis Dunk.

It is no surprise that he has taken the step up to the Premier League in his stride.

Another majestic display at Stoke was capped by that last-ditch challenge from the penalty rebound.

Although he is now facing higher quality strikers, the biggest improvement in Dunk's game is not so much in his performances as his temperament.

The Argus: Unless he suddenly returns to his bad old ways before next month's cut-off for accumulating ten cautions, or is sent-off, Dunk (above) will not be suspended this season.

The odds of either of these scenarios occurring have diminished considerably with six bookings in 27 appearances.

Last season in the Championship he amassed 13 yellow cards and a red, the season before nine yellows and two reds, the season before that 11 yellows and a red.

He has matured into a player Chris Hughton can now depend on not just when the ball is in the air or at his feet but also to lead the side by example when Bruno does not make the starting eleven.

This is the final piece of the jigsaw, the one question mark against Dunk deleted. It is no longer a matter of if he will be targeted by a bigger club but when.