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Sean Dyche
Position: Central defender
From: Millwall - free transfer - July 2002
Career stats: Soccerbase
He is: Made for the Second Division
Past profiles: November 2002


If you were building a central defender to play in this division, you might well base your choice on Sean Dyche. This doesn't mean that he's the best in the league, nor perhaps the best at the club, but you only need one look at him to know what I mean. Looking like a scary biker, Sean's strength, aerial ability and deceptive pace make him perfect for the challenges of this division, and I for one feel much more confident with Sean in the team as we try to cope with Martin Butler bearing down on us on a quagmire at Millmoor. He's no Gerry-Taggart-like big lump, though, and Ray Lewington's first signing is more mobile than many give him credit for.

Sean's recent appointment as club captain marks a remarkable transformation in fortunes during his time with the club. Having been told that he was free to talk to other clubs during last season, his Watford career seemed to be coming to an end. However, his superb run of form in the last third of the season and some unexpected financial freedom led to the fully deserved offer of a new contract. Sean seemed the natural choice for club captain when his predecessor Neil Cox resigned from the job over the summer.

There is some debate as to whether Sean would get in the team with Gayle and Cox both fully fit, but it would be a brave decision to leave him out after a solid start to the season. Indeed, his leadership outweighs occasional lapses in concentration (Brighton at home in 2004) and lack of discipline (that assault on the Preston goalie in 2003 that started a brawl).

Having just passed fifty league appearances for the club, Sean has the potential to be the rock on which our team is based during the inevitable lean times this season. He clearly commands respect from his team mates, and might be the natural leader that the team has lacked since Messrs. Page and Mooney departed. His trademark exit from the pitch immediately after the final whistle may appear a bit moody, but it is always accompanied by some applause for the fans. Typical of Sean, it's uncomplicated and effective: much like his football.

David Lewy
Last updated: September 2004