Why signing Brighton ace Lewis Dunk would make sense for Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have been linked with Brighton and Hove Albion’s Lewis Dunk.

According to a recent report by the Daily Mail, Crystal Palace are monitoring Brighton and Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk ahead of a potential summer move.

The report stated how the defender’s impressive performances this season haven’t gone unnoticed at Selhurst Park, and in spite of the rivalry, Palace could make a move for him this summer.

The immediate reaction from both sets of supporters would be to dismiss it as simply paper talk in the midst of a busy January transfer window.

But on reflection, signing Dunk from Brighton would represent a fine piece of business from Palace.

The 24-year-old has been an impressive performer for the Seagulls this season, starting 20 Championship matches and being a key figure during the club’s incredible 21-game unbeaten run.

Dunk possesses strength, ability on the ball, great awareness and an aerial dominance which allows him to be a major threat at free kicks and corners in the opposition’s penalty area.

He seemingly ticks all the boxes needed to succeed in the top-flight, and from a Palace point of view he is absolutely ideal to feature in a defence under the guidance of boss Alan Pardew.

Pardew likes his centre-backs to be tall and even somewhat rugged – Scott Dann stands at 6ft 5inch while his centre-back partner Damien Delaney stands at 6ft 3inch.

The duo are 28 and 34 respectively, a factor which indicates exactly why the Eagles may be looking at a younger defender this summer and who better than Brighton’s 6ft 4inch leader.

Dunk has averaged 3.8 aerial duels won and 5.2 clearances per Championship match this season.

While Brighton would certainly be reluctant to sell, a failure to gain promotion this season could leave them in a vulnerable spot with Dunk all-but ready to make the step up to the Premier League.

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