Last season one of the big failings of the Newcastle side, was when our youngsters were given their chance in the Newcastle first team, they were found to be wanting, and wanting badly in some cases.
Paul Dummett - in action last night – had a great game
But it’s always very difficult for inexperienced young players coming into a side that is struggling against relegation, and if we can have a better season next term, we would not be too surprised if a number of our youngsters start to look the part.
Certainly last night players like Haris Vuckic and Paul Dummett definitely looked the part, and Alan Pardew this morning said he may keep local lad Dummett at Newcastle this season, and not loan him out to a Championship club, which had been the plan.
This is what Alan Pardew said in the Evening Chronicle today about 21 year-old Dummett:
“The real bonus has been the lad who has been bonus of the first week of pre-season – Paul Dummett.” “He is really showing up well. He is giving Davide Santon a run.”
“It is great to see one of our young lads from the Academy putting pressure on.” “I really am considering keeping him for the season because he is really close.
“If he can back that performance up with a couple more he will be in with a shout.”
Dummett spent most of last season on loan at St Mirren with fellow Geordie Conor Newton, and the success of the loan moves last year will no doubt have Alan looking to send more of our youngsters out to get first team experience this season.
Paul got a new deal in the summer, but it was only for one year, and the manager will now have to think about whether he wants to send Paul out on loan, with him pushing hard for a first team place at his local club.
Paul is already wanted by Birmingham City and Millwall, and while it gives Alan Pardew a little bit of a problem, these are good problems to have for any manager.
Paul gave an excellent display at left-back for Newcastle last night, and that will have even more clubs interested in the local lad, who turns 22 in September.
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