Newcastle-born Paul Dummett always knew this season would be crucial to his Newcastle United after future, after signing a one year extension to his contract in the summer.
Paul Dummett – made great start to pre-season at Motherwell
The 21 year-old spent most of last season on loan at St. Mirren, and he played 36 times for the Scottish side and scored a couple of goals, and he seems to have come on leaps and bounds from last summer.
And Paul gave a good interview today in the Evening Chronicle and Paul knows he has to keep up his good form:
“I’ve got to put in more performances like that.” “Playing week-in, week-out for St Mirren was brilliant.” “I wouldn’t hesitate to go out on loan again if the manager thought that was best.”
“But for the moment I just want to do my best for Newcastle, and take it game by game.” “I’m really happy, especially after the manager said I was man of the match for the team.” “It was my first pre-season game, and I was really pleased how it went. It’s given me confidence.”
“I tried to get up and down all game as well as do my job as a defender.” “The manager said before the game he wanted me to get the ball in the box.” “I tried to get forward as much as I could and help Sammy.” “Every so often I was able to help the team.”
“For Sylvain’s goal, I just tried to get the ball in low to him.” “I’m looking forward to Portugal. Hopefully, I’ll get another opportunity.” “I just want to play as well as I can so the manager can make the best decision on my future.”
Paul is in the squad for Portugal but his buddy Conor Newton, who was also at St. Mirren on loan with him this year didn’t make the cut, and neither did Massadio Haidara or James Tavernier.
Here is the full squad that’s gone for a week’s training at the Braga SC facilities, and will play Rio Ave on Saturday evening at 6:00 pm, and then on Tuesday night will play Pacos de Ferreira with an 8:00 pm kick off time.
Jak Alnwick, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Adam Campbell, Fabricio Coloccini, Mathieu Debuchy, Paul Dummett, Rob Elliot, Yoan Gouffran, Jonas Gutierrez, Tim Krul, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Davide Santon, Moussa Sissoko, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Haris Vuckic, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
That’s a strong looking squad and it will be interesting to see who starts at left back on Saturday night, and it could be that Davide Santon gets his first start in pre-season.
That will give the 22 year-old a chance to show what he can do at left back, and the 8 times capped Italian International was one of a very few players who improved last season over the season before.
It’s always good to see Academy graduates like Paul Dummett make it through to the first team, and it’s even better if they are local Newcastle lads.
We’ll see how Paul does in the next two games, but he is well aware he needs to be at his very best if he is to fight for a first team place this coming season on Tyneside, and not be sent out on loan to get first team games.
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