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Shane Duffy has more Dream Team points than Virgil van Dijk and Ruben Dias right now


SHANE DUFFY (£3.2m) gatecrashed the elite defenders party earlier this season and he simply will not leave.

The 29-year-old bagged 25 points in his first two outings this term to the surprise of every single Dream Team gaffer bar none.

After an underwhelming stint on loan at Celtic in 2020/21, it appeared the lanky centre-back’s days were numbered at Brighton but a spate of injuries following Ben White’s (£3.4m) departure suddenly thrust him into first-team action – and he hasn’t disappointed.

Graham Potter’s side have conceded just five league goals this season, only Chelsea and Manchester City boast a better defensive record after eight Game Weeks, and Duffy has been a key figure in ensuring consistent stability.

As the season has progressed, the top of the defenders’ rankings have been dominated by players from Liverpool, City and Chelsea – but Duffy refuses to take the hint.

The Seagulls’ No24 is the only player who represents a club outside the current top three in the Premier League table mixing in the top ten Dream Team defenders right now.

In fact, Duffy is the third-best player in his position at the time of writing.

His tally of 49 points puts him above the likes of Virgil van Dijk (£5.3m), Ruben Dias (£4.6m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£4.8m) and plenty more high-profile assets.

It looked as if he was fading away in Game Week 6 when Brighton failed to keep a clean sheet at Crystal Palace but he’s come roaring back since with 15 points in his last two outings.

Potter’s side failed to score against Arsenal and Norwich but they didn’t concede against either team – consecutive 0-0s hasn’t won them any style points but it’s been a prosperous fortnight for Duffy and the 3.7% of Dream Team bosses currently backing him.

While Duffy’s efforts deserve to be celebrated – who doesn’t love a Dream Team underdog? – we have to question how long the gravy train will remain on track.

Adam Webster (£2.2m) is expected to return from injury soon and will hope to regain his place in the starting line-up – the former Bristol City defender has been a regular starter when fit since his transfer in 2019.

However, it won’t be an easy decision for Potter to make since Duffy has barely put a foot wrong since coming back into the team.

Whatever happens next, Duffy has already done enough to win the hearts and minds of Dream Team bosses – something all players should strive towards…