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.
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.
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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