Motivational Advice For Two Competing Players From Pardew


Paul Dummett, who turns 22 a week tomorrow,  has done really well since the summer, and to even get a place on the bench , with everybody fit, says how well he must be playing in training these days, and of course it’s always good to have a local lad pushing for a first team place.

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Paul Dummett – made the breakthrough at Newcastle

But Paul is still second choice at left back behind Italian International Davide Santon, who has been playing well for Newcastle so far this season, as he attempts to break back on to the International scene in time for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, and Italy have already qualified for the finals.

This is what Alan Pardew has said about Paul in the local papers today:

“I’ve told him he’s a left-back today.” “But Gareth Bale was a left-back one day and now he’s worth £86M.” “So come on, if he starts bursting forward and gets some goals…”

“He’s been a terrific bonus for us this pre-season.” “Everybody loves him and he’s a proper local boy that’s come through the system.” “Not only that he’s really carrying the flag in terms of pushing for the first team.”

“Davide Santon knows that. Who knows whether he would have played as well as he did against Fulham without the pressure from Dummy. Maybe not.” “It all goes hand in hand and we might have to see the very best of Davide to stay in the team.”

We’ve often noticed that Alan Pardew does some of his coaching and motivation for his players in the press –  so here he’s  just praised Paul Dummett for his form so far this season, and said he could become a top left winger – like the worlds’ most expensive player – his Welsh International colleague Gareth Bale.

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Davide Santon – kept on his toes by Dummett

And at the same time he’s warned Davide Santon that he’ll have to be near his best to keep himself in the side.

Both Paul and Davide will be motivated to do well from these words from Alan Pardew, who is an excellent man-manger, whatever you think of the tactical side of his coaching, which now and again he doesn’t get right.

And we’ve been a little surprised by the competition for places all over the pitch in the Newcastle side this season, and that augers well for the future, with players motivated to play well, just to keep their places.

That cannot be bad, and could be one reason why Newcastle are the shock side again in the Premier League this season.

What do you think?

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13 comments so far

  • Wiz

    Sep 18, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    I agree with all of what Ed says, but would point out that it is hardly worth anyone’s while being motivated once the forty-point mark has been reached, as that is the only thing the owner is interested in.

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  • Santon03

    Sep 18, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    I would prefer to give Cisse a little break maybe 2 or 3 games and play him as a sub.
    He hasn’t done much and I don’t think he gets more confidence by playing and not doing anything.
    Play Gouffran if 433 or just Remy alone up front and play Marv.
    Probably that #9 shirt is too heavy for him atm.

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Tremendous first 11, but is Santon really under threat from Dummet, or players like Debuchey, Krul, Collocini, Cabaye, Sissoko, HBA, Remy, or Cisse under real pressure for their places. I think they are walk up starts. Nice try anyway Ed.

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  • Santon03

    Sep 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    I think Santon has much more potential of being Bale than Dummet.
    And Haidara is not even mentioned LOL

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  • Santon03

    Sep 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Looking at statistic and being big fan of Santon, when he didn’t play we got hammered.

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    Sep 18, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6

    It’ll be interesting to see our squad come the end of the season, and where people are playing. At the moment, we have 4 ‘Left Backs’ in our squad; Santon, Dummet, Haidara and Ferguson, out on loan to Birmingham. I reckon Pardew is getting Ferguson into a more attacking role by putting him out on loan. As for the other three, it’s going to be a good battle for the future, they all look very strong characters, and I’m surprised Dummet has got ahead of Haidara, though I suspect his injury stunted his growth as a player.

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  • Toon Tang

    Sep 18, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6i9Hq8Y3ME

    I was viewing some of our past triumphs on the tube and found the 4-1 away win at spurs. Is that ashley sat with our fans in the away end with ‘king kev 1’ written on the back of his shirt?

    Doubt we will ever see that again in our lifetime.

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  • Assam Toon

    Sep 18, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Full backs are a strength for us at the moment, debs, santon, dummett, haidara, even mapou can turn up..no wonder pardew has highlighted that. its the small medicine pills that he intelligently gives us to pop every now and then. another initiative to completely wipe off lack of transfers from our memories. we lack a fox in the box, fact! if the team plays well we will not be reminded of that fact, but its a fact nevertheless.

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 18, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #9

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  • nufc 11

    Sep 18, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Its very interesting that AP made reference to Bale but refering to Dummet the whole world can see Santon is no LB did you not see how he was caught out for Agbonlahor sitter on Sat (that was the differnce in losing games lst season poor defening) the kid cant defend and is a liability he was at fault for alot of bad mistakes lst year but he gets a pass every time why? He is truly explosive wen played on the right wing and could do a good job protecting the shakey Debuchy but AP over looks him for that posistion and will play Jonas as a protecter anyone heard what has happened to Hiadara hasnt been seen for awhile?

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  • puretoon

    Sep 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Santon is actually a RIGHT back, thats why he’s not too good as left where stupid pardews playing him

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  • FrankfurtMag

    Sep 18, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #12

    @Puretoon #11

    Funny that stupid Mourinho played him there also. He was likened at one time as a young Maldini before he lost his way.

    Many Right footers have become very good left sided players. Don’t be so closed minded.

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  • ballerfan2

    Sep 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Pure toon @11. I thought we’d put to bed the idea a while ago that because santon is right footed then he is a right back. No he’s not!

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