This Lad Is A Great Example At Newcastle

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.

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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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4 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 27, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Previous article on Obertan
    I asked this question yesterday – would it be worth using Obertan as a ‘super sub’ like LIverpool and ‘Steve Heighway’

    Bring him on in away games when the TOON are winning by the odd goal or drawing and the home team are pressing for the quick counter attack with a ball over the top or through the middle.

    Or Home games when we are winning by the odd goal and the away tea are pressing??

  • Quasimodo's tailor

    Sep 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #2

    @ Charlie. I think you’ll find Heighway wasn’t a supersub, but was first choice. Perhaps you’re confusing him with David Fairclough.

  • Sav

    Sep 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Comparing Steve Heighway and that muppet is daft. We’ve all made purchasing gaffes. Tell Joe to take Gab down to the charity shop and lets move on.

  • ArtyH

    Sep 27, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Might be worth a punt to play Paul in the L/W position at some point in the season if we are say 2 or 3 up at home or dare I say away, just to see how it pans out. There are bound to be times when this scenario would work, but does Pardew have the bottle to try it?


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