West Bromwich Albion suffered a 1-0 defeat to Everton on Thursday but Dara O’Shea was one of a few players to come away with praise for his performance. The 22-year-old kept his place alongside Kyle Bartley at centre-back and didn’t let his manager down, albeit the disappointing result.
No West Brom player had more tackles, interceptions and clearances than O’Shea at the Hawthorns (WhoScored), so supporters deservedly lauded his efforts on social media even though Albion suffered a defeat in a game they couldn’t afford to lose.
Against Everton, O’Shea played for 90 minutes, had 74 touches, won two aerial duels, completed 69% of his 58 passes, created one chance, made three tackles, picked up a booking, made three interceptions, blocked one shot, made six clearances, had one successful dribble and gave away one foul.
The 22-year-old has made 23 appearances in all competitions this season, operating at left-back, centre-back and right-back (Transfermarkt). O’Shea had an ankle injury in October/November and has been an unused substitute on a handful of occasions, but he’s been a regular for most of the campaign.
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There hasn’t been a lot for fans to shout about this season, but O’Shea has a bright future at West Brom and would make light work of the Championship if the Baggies fail to fend off relegation.