Leicester City opinion: The Foxes should make a move for Lewis Dunk
The 27-year-old played a crucial role in Brighton’s promotion to the Premier League a few years back. He was one of the very few standout performers for the Seagulls last season, making 36 league appearances as the sea coast club narrowly avoided relegation.
Lewis Dunk has established himself as a top-flight defender and made his international debut last year in a 3-0 win against the USA. He has developed himself to be a solid and reliable performer in his time with Brighton in the Premier League and Leicester could do well by signing him up this summer.
The Foxes would be aiming to break into the top-six next season after finishing ninth in the Premier League table under Brendan Rodgers.
With Rodgers at the helm, the Leicester fans could be optimistic about the future, given how well the players have performed, following the Northern Irishman’s appointment in February.
The Midlands outfit urgently need to strengthen at the back this summer, with Wes Morgan coming to the end of his career. Harry Maguire’s future lies away from the King Power Stadium but has not yet been finalised with Manchester City and Manchester United battling for his signature.
If Maguire leaves Leicester this summer, Dunk could be viewed as a direct replacement. Dunk has proven himself to be a solid, reliable and highly determined presence at the heart of Brighton’s backline during the last two Premier League seasons.
The one-cap England international is a Brighton boy through and through, having already made 270 appearances at the Amex stadium. Standing at 6ft 3in tall, the 27-year-old is an aerially dominant defender, who can go toe-to-toe with physically strong forwards.
He is adept at winning every aerial duel and while Dunk may not be as assured as Maguire with the ball at his feet, he makes it up with his burst of acceleration and positional awareness.
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Due to his towering frame, the Brighton-born defender is an asset to have at both ends of the pitch. He’s excellent at making blocks and interceptions, not shying away from the physical side of the game at all.
Dunk, a natural leader and vocal presence at the back, may be tempted by the idea of joining an exciting Leicester side after spending his career so far with the Seagulls.
Brighton have already signed Matt Clarke from Portsmouth. That makes it a tad bit easier for Leicester to convince the English defender to join them as a potential replacement for exit-linked Maguire.