Brighton expected Shane Duffy to leave the club this summer, according to journalist Tom Barclay.
What happened with Duffy?
In his first three seasons after joining Blackburn, the Republic of Ireland defender was the first choice alongside club captain Lewis Dunk.
However, the arrival of Graham Potter saw Duffy lose his place on the team two years ago and would just do 14 The Premier League begins in the 2019-2020 campaign.
Ben White’s return from loan to Leeds the previous season saw Duffy loaned at the Celtic childhood club.
ENTER THE CONTEST
But the Hoops had their own issues and Duffy made several mistakes that saw him make just one league start from February before returning to Brighton earlier this summer.
Everything pointed to Duffy being sold, Potter having several other central defenders at his disposal, including Dunk and the awesome Adam Webster.
And Barclay said no one at Amex Stadium could see a comeback for Duffy after nearly 12 months since his last appearance in the Seagulls jersey.
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What did Barclay say?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Everyone in Brighton thought, even after the sale of Ben White, that it would be a matter of time before he left, but obviously he still has two years left and a living wage.”
How did Duffy play?
It is, to say the least, a turnaround. Duffy appeared to have played his last game for Brighton and is now firmly in Potter’s best XI, playing every minute in the Premier League to help the Seagulls settle in European places.
Duffy, capped 44 times by the Republic of Ireland, even managed to mark his return to the Amex with a beating header for the opener in the win over Watford last month.
With Brighton flying high ahead of their derby with Crystal Palace tomorrow and Duffy back in the fold, it’s a start to the season for the center-back.