Paul Dummett is a great example to young players coming through the youth ranks at Newcastle, that if you stick in and are willing to get experience in first team football, then you can come back and fight for a place in the Newcastle first team.
Paul Dummett in action in pre-season
That’s exactly what Paul has done this summer, after playing out on loan at St. Mirren last season, and getting some great reviews north of the border.
Northern Ireland International Shane Ferguson is at Birmingham for the season, and we expect Shane to come back next summer and also push for a first team position, all bring well.
Shane played 11 times on loan at Birmingham earlier this year and he has made 10 first team appearances so far this season,
Paul Dummett was on the bench with a certain Gareth Bale for Wales earlier this month, while Gareth was looking for his move to Real Madrid, and it seemed quite an experience for the local lad, as he had this to say in the local papers today:
“It was a really good experience.” “It was incredible really. One minute I was watching Sky, and he was training with Ronaldo, the next he was training alongside me!”
“It was a surreal and weird experience to be training with the best in the world, but it can only hold me in good stead.” “I was training with Gareth Bale, Craig Bellamy and Aaron Ramsey so it was training with all of the top players.”
“Bellers was at Newcastle when I was a youngster.” “The others speak for themselves of course. It was just a great experience to train with them every day.” “They said when I went there that it was a good time to meet the players, get to know them and get used to being around them.”
“You are trying to get used to training in that environment.” “If I get picked again, I know the players, so it gives me a look in.” “Gareth’s a down to earth guy, and didn’t come across as big headed at all,”
“In fact he was quite quiet. He was a really nice lad.” “He’s a left footed player and was a left back at one stage.” “He turned himself into a left or right-sided midfielder who scores a lot of goals and is now playing for Real Madrid.”
“I don’t know if that will happen to me, but he’s certainly a player that everybody should look up to, especially when he’s the most expensive in the world.”
In fact Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has told Paul to take his inspiration from Gareth Bale, who started out as a left back at Southampton, much like Paul has done at Newcastle, and take it from there.
The Geordie turned 22 only yesterday, and he is certainly a very attacking winger – much like Gareth – so maybe he could even turn out to be a left winger, and certainly these days there’s not much difference between left back and left wing.
Paul looked good on Wednesday night in the win against Leeds, and his performance in that game will put pressure on Italian International Davide Santon to keep playing well, with Paul now breathing down his neck for that starting position at left back.
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