Performance in Numbers: Dunk’s no nonsense approach would fit in at Leicester

Would losing Harry Maguire be a disaster for Leicester? Probably, but it’s hard to say for sure, especially given the fact the club have Filip Benkovic coming back this summer.

The England defender has been terrific for the Foxes since arriving from Hull in 2017, quickly establishing himself as one of the most solid centre-backs in the Premier League.

With a price-tag of £85m slapped on his head, it’s hard to see him leaving, but if a club is to meet that evaluation then Lewis Dunk could arrive as a replacement, per TEAMtalk.

Although not displaying some of the ball playing attributes that the Leicester defender possesses, Dunk is better in one key area which would more than benefit Brendan Rodgers’ side.

In fact, it’s a trait that would make him fit perfectly into their defence.

During the course of the 2018/19 campaign Dunk made 193 clearances, a tally that accounts for 5.4 every game.

His ruthlessness and no-nonsense approach is something that makes him stand above the man he’d potentially succeed at the King Power.

Last term, Maguire averaged 4.9 clearances per game, whilst Jonny Evans managed 6.1. As a result, Dunk would fit straight into the way they defend, especially if a backs to the wall performance is required.

When it comes to clearances, the 27-year-old displays remarkable consistency. Against Newcastle last campaign, he made 15 of them in a 1-0 away win at St James’ Park. He then made a further 14 in a defeat against Tottenham.

His record in the Premier League throughout the last year was so consistent that there wasn’t a single game where he failed to make a clearance.

The fact he made five in as many as eight games just goes to show what he can bring to the Leicester team.

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His concentration is immense and the partnership he established alongside Shane Duffy in 2018/19 was vital to the Seagulls staying in the division.

Although a potential move for Dunk could cost £40m, there are far worse replacements for Maguire should he leave this summer.

If Rodgers is on the hunt for someone to fit the mould of those already at the club, Dunk may well fit the ideal profile.