It’s Do-Or-Die For This Newcastle Player This Summer


When a Newcastle youngster goes out on loan to another club, he always has a chance to make a name for himself, and then have Alan Pardew bring him back to Newcastle and give him his chance in the Newcastle first team.

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Paul Dummett – taking his chance at Newcastle

And that’s exactly what’s happening this summer with local lad Paul Dummett, and the 21 year-old is attempting to nail down the left-back spot at Newcastle.

Paul started the pre-season games by being the star man at Motherwell, and he will likely start at St. Mirren tonight, where he played 35 times on loan last season, to some rave reviews in Scotland.

Alan Pardew was alerted to his fine form at St. Mirren, and he talked about Paul today in the Evening Chronicle:

“We kept getting reports from Scotland that this kid was good. “I sent John Carver and Stoney to watch him play Celtic. Obviously that is a game that is Premier League standard.” “He was the best player on the pitch.”

“And I said wow, in pre-season we must have a good look at this guy, and he hasn’t let us down. He is everything we seen in the Celtic game. Hopefully he continues it.”

“For a player to break in past a Santon or a Jonas, they have to break in, and they have to believe in their ability.“You can sense that in him. He is starting to believe he is as good as them. That then makes him a contender.”

Alan Pardew has not decided whether he will keep Dummett at Newcastle this season, or send him on loan, but the local lad is versatile and can play in either full-back position.

If Alan does keep Paul on Tyneside, and he doesn’t get many games this year, we suppose the manager can always loan him out to a club in January – but it’s looking this summer like it could be do-or-die for Paul Dummett at Newcastle.

Being the Man of the Match tonight at Love Street would help persuade Alan Pardew he should be in the Newcastle first team squad this season.

What do you think?

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57 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Obertan is not only rubbish but he’s always got a slight injury. Just get rid of him, I’d rather see someone like Newton have his place on the bench.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    my best team:

    debs…..colo….MYM….santon
    …………anita….sissoko…………
    ……………marvs/cabs…………..
    HBA……….cisse…………..goof

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  • toon22

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #3

    He will be like a new signing.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Willy McKay said to be in Newcastle and our medical staff were in at 6am this morning so something is going on at the club if Gallowgate Gossip on twitter is to be believed???

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    if he doesn’t believe he can oust jonas that says more about you as manager, alan, than anything else.

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  • geordie157

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Do or die for a few I’d say. Youngsters who need to step up or stay injury free like dummett, Sammy and vuckic. Plus players who badly under performed like tiote and Jonas.

    Hope debuchy proves me wrong and becomes a top prem right back.

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  • King Arfa

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Cant wait to break it…… Well just break it then??

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  • geordie157

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Pardew still thinks Jonas is a good player, a squad player maybe but a regular starter he should not be. But with no wingers signed Jonas will almost certainly start every game.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Hatem’s better than Messi

    Jonas makes us more solid as a unit because he’s so hard working and willing to track back. He’s fantastic at ensuring that his side isn’t exposed and I wouldn’t be surprised if his stats show that he runs the most of our players in a match. The problem is that he offers very little in an attacking sense.

    I think he’s a good option to counteract a team when they have a particularly attacking focus down one wing and to use a more attack-minded winger on the other side.

    Basic stats don’t tell the whole picture. Look at Emile Heskey’s stats and they look horrendous in terms of goals scored and assists, but managers loved him because he created space for other players. Jonas covers the weaknesses of other players so well. Saying that…I’d rather see those other players deal with their own weaknesses and have a Ginola or Robert bombing up the wing to cross the ball in or score a screamer!

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  • Rainrix

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #10

    As long as he’s breaking in past jonas and not santon then im happy.

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  • toonfan76

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #11

    @mattyNUFC

    I see we’re not too far away from each other with regards to formation and player choices. Why did you decide to have 2 midfielders in the holding position and 1 in the attacking position? Do you think I might have been a bit gun ho with my attacking? A little bit too much of a KK style?

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #12

    Sorry…huge post (maybe I should turn this into an article instead!) but I just wanted to get this off my chest…

    For anyone who is anti-Ashley, please cast your mind back to when he joined the club…

    I remember him sitting with the fans, having a laugh, talking about his love for football and ambitions for the club…oh those heady days where we thought we had a new SJH…

    He listened to the fans slag off Big Sam, we didn’t like his “long ball” tactics and thought they were unbecoming of a club that had been dubbed “the entertainers” a few years before and since then had fielded more exciting attacking players like Robert and Dyer…

    So, he sacked Big Sam and went back to the manager who presided over our most exciting time in (most fans’) living memory…Kevin Keegan…

    Having already failed to do his due diligence on the club, and being lumbered with a debt of approx. £100M that he didn’t anticipate, he also failed to due his due diligence on KK. KK is an old school manager and no doubt he wanted full control of signings and a clear (and substantial) budget with which to overhaul the squad. Of course KK would want that, as any passionate football fan would want it for their club, but there lies the problem…there was no way that MA was going to give that much control to KK, who was clearly going to spend as if we were a CL club…it would have worked a treat if we had got into the CL but if it didn’t then the club (and MA) would be left with a huge debt and potentially several players on big wages that we didn’t want.

    So…he brought in someone he knew and trusted to keep a reign on the transfer dealings and make sure that they didn’t get out of control. This might work just fine in his other businesses where there isn’t as much passion or ego involved, but he didn’t understand how football is just different. Managers/directors on big salaries aren’t often university educated professionals with years working their way up the ladder..many are working class passionate lads who learned the ropes playing football and now direct the same energy and passion into managing. So KK was never going to have DW dictate to him what players to choose…

    So, MA’s plan on being “one of the lads” backfired miserably…JFK was brought in to stablise the ship, and when that didn’t work, he tried to fix his earlier mistake by bringing in Shearer. If Shearer kept us up, then MA would be lauded for bringing in a NUFC legend to save the day and if as Shearer’s star rose even higher, so he would pull MA with him and maybe he could get back to watching football with the fans?

    And, we all know the rest…it all fell apart, MA was slagged off and is clearly not welcome as one of the fans any more…so he runs it like one of his other grotty little (meaning huge) businesses…can’t say I like it…but can’t say I blame him…

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  • King Arfa

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Wat top footie players does willy mkay represent??

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #14

    geordie157

    i too am yet to be convinced by debuchy. if dummy is to break through, it seems that’s the most likely position up for grabs. although ap has shown time and time again he does not choose his squad on merit nor on ability

    and to bring out the best of vuckic he needs that ACM/second striker role. we played a whole one or two times last season with that position. he’s no CM, but i’m sure that’s where he’ll be thrown, as he was against WBA and lpool a few seasons back. no way ap will drop cabs for anybody. he proved that when guthrie was dropped time and time again when he definitely warranted a spot over cabaye in 11/12

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  • toon22

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Debuchy gets done for pace,he isnt an attacking RB.
    He needs a player to stay out wide and cover RB when he gets up field.
    Nobody stays out wide when Hatem plays he never stays out there leaving Debuchy on his tod

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  • RonVanDam

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Has anyone read this article. Looks like a better prospect then remy and gomis

    http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/329522/Arsenal-Spurs-and-Newcastle-battle-for-the-new-Christian-Benteke

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  • JackButler

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #17

    James McArthur is about the best player that Willie McKay represents with Henri Camara being the only striker

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #18

    “”I am an attacking type of player. I have no intention of changing the way I play”, said Debuchy when he joined us.

    Of course someone needs to cover a little when he gets up field, but then surely either the other full back stays back or one of the midfielder is willing to drop back. We don’t always need to have a flat back line of 4 in defence, we need to be dynamic to respond to what the opposition is doing.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #19

    toonfan

    i’ve debated that as well. on form, marvs deserves the ACM role in my formation over cabs, but i think the only way to get cabs playing well again is in that role.

    and yes, i think yours was a bit gung ho so to speak. our FBs are not the best at getting back, and our defence overall is a bit weak. plus, sissoko and anita are both DCMs and, at least when we played Bordeaux last season, (before the formation was inexplicably switched 35 minutes in) it worked to perfection; FBs would bomb up field, tiote and anita covered their positions. i believe there is enough of a threat in the forward 4, not to mention an advancing FB, to not have to put to ACMs in there. it would obviously help against quick counterattacking teams that the prem is seemingly full of nowadays

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  • toon22

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Jonas helps out our LB but it means theres no free flowing football,RB is left to get raped every game

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  • Rainrix

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Sarf… Regarding jonas if you said what you posted pre the 2012/2013 season i would’ve whole heartedly agreed with you. However last season he wasn’t even the defensive workhorse he was in the past. To me it seemed he didnt have the pace or stamina to track all the way back wasn’t making many tackles and just generally wasn’t effective in any role. I remember against stoke away a season or 2 ago when we won 3 – 1. Jonas was an absolute trojan and was simply a brick wall on that left hand side. Theres been nothing remotely close to that last season.

    I reckon he could do a job from the bench if we’re majorly under the cosh. But otherwise he shouldn’t be starting next season.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #22

    two ACMs*

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  • JackButler

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #23

    AC Milan News ?@Milanello 6m
    Newcastle are ready to offer a 1-year loan deal for Niang with a buy-out clause set at €6m. However, Milan don’t want to sell the player.

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  • toonfan76

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #24

    With regards to this impending news from the last thread. If it’s a player for a medical the most likely player would be Remy. Already in the country and we are supposed to have turned our interest to him since the Gomis deal has broken down. Or all of the recent transfer speculation could be smoke and mirrors for a stealth signing like the whole Cisse deal. We canonly hope it’s a good signing coming through the door.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #25

    toon22

    that’s why in a 433 with two dcms (anita, sissoko) we do not even have to think of playing jonas again. more than adequate cover there

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  • Rainrix

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #26

    RVD… Nice to see us linked to a different player for once! For 3 mil doesn’t look like to bad a buy really.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #27

    RonVanDam

    That’s just a lazy article. I’m sure they could find dozens of powerful young black strikers and label them as the “new Benteke”, it doesn’t mean anything at all.

    I saw it earlier…10 goals for a Dutch team that got relegated…hardly worth getting excited about.

    This is the kind of speculation I don’t get to be honest. This is where the scouting team come into their own and we (fans) have absolutely no idea whatsoever if he’s a good player or not.

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  • King Arfa

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #28

    James mcarthur lol not fir the supposed 12 mil thats being touted about

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #29

    TDS

    i cant find the stats but it shows jonas doesn’t run as much as we think…he is not the player in our side who covers the most grass.

    What I think is the problem, and not jonas’ fault but the team set up, is that jonas doesnt seem to be allowed to attack.

    It means we have no real threat so although we have more back to defend we invite so much pressure on ourselves in makes us weaker as a defensive unit, not stronger.

    Jonas as a player, for those who say he works hard, must do nothing off the pitch as he cant even cross a ball by the age of 29.

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  • Slank

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #30

    It’s a bit worrying that Pardew, Carver and Stone didn’t know how good Dummett was until they saw him playing competitively.

    Perhaps there are other players at the club also in the background who need to go out on loan to experience life as a regular in a first team.

    I wonder whether we will ever see a combination of Dummett at left back and Santon in midfield.

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  • toon22

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #31

    Its why when we played 443 it worked,our flanks wernt left to the opposition.Most teams have a player who can cross and we aint to good in the air at the back.
    We dont stop the crosses and cant deal with them infront of goal.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #32

    Rainrix

    I agree. I’d rather he isn’t a guaranteed starter this season either, but that’s because we’ve signed Sissoko, hopefully Ben Arfa and Vuckix will be fit, Marv is coming along nicely and I hope we sign someone else in that position too.

    I think he should start to counteract certain attacking players that we come up against, otherwise he could just come in to make us more solid in midfield.

    I don’t think many players exactly covered themselves in glory last season either…Santon is the only one that I think really improved on the previous season, maybe Marv too but he barely played. Krul, Colo, Saylor, Tiote, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Cisse were all significantly worse that the previous season due to a combination of injuries and the poor form of the team.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #33

    TDS

    good post on the team being dynamic

    its what we really lack…nobody on the pitch seems to be able to organise the lads and stamp authority when one goes out of position…they just leave huge gaps and never get forward as a unit either…

    that comes down to tactics but also lack of leadership and footballing intelligence on the pitch

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  • toonfan76

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #34

    @mattyNUFC
    Think your probably right about my gun ho approach, probably to do with the frustration of sitting back too much against teams when we should be trying to put the game out of their reach. Don’t see why we don’t just set up our formation to suit how we want to play and not how we think the other team are going to play, then if we get ourselves 2-3 goals up, then we can change the formation to defend a decent lead. IMO trying to protect a 1 goal lead is a recipe for disaster every time.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #35

    TS

    I agree. But I think that was the tightness that came into the squad due to the situation that we were in.

    There’s no excuse for Pardew not allowing a bit more freedom and attacking intent this season.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #36

    Something about a loan deal for niang from ac milan has been retweeted……by colin, so we can probably ignore it. Just thought i would bring it to your attention, just in case.

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  • Rainrix

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #37

    TDS…. Yeah but you just know if pardew starts jonas to counteract someone its going to be like the battle of Stalingrad on here 🙂

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #38

    TS

    I think it comes down to even more than that. I think it’s also conditioning (which is being addressed) and pressure. Players under pressure instinctively don’t want to cover someone else because that might mean that their primary job isn’t covered either. Their worried that if the play switches and the attack comes where they normally are then it’s their fault. And you’re right, that’s related to football intelligence…if one play would be correct 80% of the time and another play 20% of the time, you go for the higher percentage. 4 out of 5 times you’ll be right.

    Hopefully a fit Colo will make a difference in defence and hopefully our new Frenchies having a pre-season will make a big difference. MYM, Debuchy, Sissko and Goofy played most of the games in the second half of the season and it must have been tough for the players to know what each other were doing.

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  • Rainrix

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #39

    Markaccus… Well in fairness that twitter has 150k followers, so it must be mildly credible. Although colin’s likely given any potential deal the kiss of death 🙂

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  • John Tudor

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #40

    nope the battle of kursk

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