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7.6 clearances per game: The Millwall man who has made a massive contribution to a superb season



Millwall extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to nine games after a 1-1 draw at home to Sunderland on Saturday.

Given they are a newly-promoted side, the Lions have enjoyed a fantastic season back in the second tier, with manager Neil Harris deserving plenty of plaudits for the way his side have played.

They are currently 11th in the league and even though the play-offs looks a long-shot, a top-half finish is very realistic and would be a real achievement for the Londoners.

Whilst summer signings George Saville and Jed Wallace will attract headlines with their performances from midfield, along with front two Lee Gregory and Steve Morison, it’s fair to say Harris has also built a really strong defence.

One man who has been a key part of the rock-solid Lions back four is our latest FLW Spotlight subject – Shaun Hutchinson.

The former Fulham man has been an ever-present in the side this season in the league and formed a formidable partnership with Jake Cooper over the past few months.

As our graph shows, the 27-year old is extremely aggressive in his play and very dominant, making 7.6 clearances per game as well as winning 5.9 aerial duels per game.

That positioning and ability to read the game has meant the imposing centre-back has only needed to make 1.5 tackles per game whilst it should also be noted that both he and Cooper receive good protection in front of them.

Having notched just his second goal of the season against the Black Cats last time out, it seems the perfect time to acknowledge one of the unsung stars behind Millwall’s magnificent season back in the Championship.

Thoughts, Millwall fans? How good has Hutchinson been so far? Let us know in the comments below.