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Tom Lockyer has been an instrumental player for Charlton Athletic this season, having signed from Bristol Rovers during the summer.
He has played every minute of the Addicks’ 16 games so far, completing 1.1 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 3.9 clearances and 0.6 blocks per game.
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The centre-back carried that level of influence onto the international stage recently, as he played the full 90 minutes of Wales’ matches against Azerbaijan and Hungary over the international break.
This offers an indication of how much Ryan Giggs trusts the 24-year-old and he didn’t disappoint.
He wasn’t called into too much action against Azerbaijan, but went on to make 2 blocked shots and won 5 out of his 7 contested duels.
The 6ft defensive enforcer was also impressive on the ball during this game, as he completed 1 dribble and 85% of his attempted passes.
By winning that game 2-0, through goals from Kieffer Moore and Harry Wilson, Wales got themselves in a position where a victory against Hungary would see them through to Euro 2020.
It was a brace from Aaron Ramsey that earned the victory, but Lockyer played a part of his own, making 6 clearances throughout the game’s duration, while he also won 4 of his 10 duels.
Again, his ability on the ball came through and was a useful tool, as he completed 85% of his passes again, with 5 of his 7 long balls finding a teammate – something that will have helped Wales relieve any pressure.
The performances from both of these games show just how influential the 24-year-old can be, which will be an encouraging sign ahead of the Cardiff City match on Saturday.