It hasn’t been too often since Mike Ashley bought Newcastle over six years ago that we have seen a youngster come through to the first team, but that’s happening this season with Paul Dummett, and the local lad has looked a very good player for Newcastle when he has come into the first team.
Paul Dummett – after scoring on Saturday
And maybe one reason Paul looked so prepared against Liverpool was that Alan Pardew was going to start Paul in central defense if Mike Williamson didn’t make it.
And unbeknownst to the fans, Mike was struggling right up to the start of the game, but the 6’4″ center-back again came through with flying colors for the side, against a tough Liverpool side, and had another solid game.
The Newcastle manager seems upbeat with his defensive options before the game at Sunderland on Sunday, and he had this to say in the local papers today:
“I don’t expect to see him scoring goals – stopping goals is what he will be paid for.” “I thought he did that really well.”
“He made some important interceptions and headers.” “You actually didn’t see the join in the back four when Yanga-Mbiwa went off.”
“We conceded a lot of possession because we only had 10 but we did really, really well.” “We’ve worked with the players that have come in.”
“And we look like we’ve got a lot of good options.” “I was going to start with Dummett for Liverpool because Willo was struggling before the game.”
“It was ironic that he came on. He’d had preparation, but I didn’t expect him to do his little hop, skip and jump after he scored.” “His family will be proud of him. We’ve had him since he was nine so it is great to get one through.”
Newcastle now have to sign Paul up before the end of the year, because with only a one year contract he was given in the summer, Paul will be able to talk to other clubs at that time, and you can bet that a number of clubs have already been impressed with his performances.
But we fully expect him to get a three year deal very shortly, and from what we’ve seen of Paul, the 22 year-old could have an excellent career with his home town club.
We hope so.