Graham Potter's bold Lewis Dunk admission is absolutely spot on after Leeds victory
Having watched Lewis Dunk's every game last season, it was difficult to imagine him performing at a higher level but that's precisely what the Albion skipper has achieved.
Dunk has been outstanding once again this season and his display against Leeds was described by head coach Graham Potter as his best yet.
The 2-0 victory against Leeds, thanks to goals from Pascal Gross and Danny Welbeck, leaves Brighton 10 points above the relegation places with four matches left and no player has contributed more to secure Albion's top flight status than Dunk.
He has simply been Brighton's best player and the main reason why Potter's team have now kept three successive clean sheets at the Amex and four in the last six games.
Leeds's main goal threat Patrick Bamford hardly featured and cut a frustrated figure as he was substituted just after the hour. Dunk tackled, blocked, intercepted and his distribution and reading the game from the back was faultless.
One sublime moment summed up his afternoon when he calmly chested the ball back to his keeper Robert Sanchez in a congested penalty to ease the pressure as Leeds battled to find a way back into the match.
The commentator compared him to Italian great Paolo Maldini and it underlined the confidence Dunk has and highlighted a player 100 per cent in control of his game.
Without sounding too gushing, it was a complete masterclass in Premier League defending from the 29-year-old and Potter agreed.
“I thought his performance was sensational," Potter said after the match.
“I haven’t seen him play as well as that but his performances have consistently been at such a high level.
“He has been fantastic for us. You look at the clean sheets. I’m not saying it has just been to Lewis.
“I’m sure he will say the same. But he has contributed in terms of how he led that line.
“He has been fantastic for us and today he was amazing.”
Brighton are back in action this Sunday as they travel to midtable Wolves.