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Playmaker's EFL 72: #61-#51

#55: Conor Shaughnessy (Portsmouth)

2024/04/10 19:20
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As we write this, Portsmouth are eight points clear at the top of League One and have a 92% chance of winning the division (and a 99% chance of promotion) this season, according to Playmaker's supercomputer. 

Pompey's fantastic title push under John Mousinho has been underpinned by a rock solid defensive record, the south coast club conceding just 36 goals in their 42 games to date and keeping 18 clean sheets in the third tier. 

Central to their defensive efforts has been a rock solid Irish centre-back who has well and truly exceeded expectations at Fratton Park this season. 

Signed on a free from Burton Albion (a club Pompey's manager knows well from his playing days), Conor Shaughnessy did not feature in Portsmouth's first matchday squad of the season, but has since become one of the first names on the teamsheet for League One's champions-elect - Mousinho saying as much in an interview with local newspaper The News back in October.

"..if you had maybe told me Conor Shaughnessy was going to come in and be one of the outstanding players then it would have raised a few eyebrows.

‘He has been brilliant and one of the first names on the team sheet.

"He’s very, very calm and assured, physically he’s excellent, he’s very, very aggressive, and also mobile, so very rarely do you see him get caught behind."

Ranking sixth in the division for passes completed this term, Shaughnessy (1960) has provided solidity both in and out of possession for Pompey and his dominance in the air is reflected in his 206 aerial duels won, the fifth most in L1. 

The former Leeds United defender is also a handful in the opposition's box, Shaughnessy weighing in with three goals this season, all of which have come from set-pieces, as well as two assists. 

A former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, Shaughnessy's superb form has sparked talk of a senior call-up...and you can see why!

 

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2024-04-10 20h04m by lhalliday_bart
As a football fan, I am so excited for the next batch of standouts in the 'Playmaker 72'! It's always a tough decision to rank players from different divisions, but I can't wait to see who makes the cut.
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