Paul Dummett, who was a hero in last week’s game against Liverpool has let it be known it would be an honor for him to play tomorrow in the local derby against Sunderland, and reading between the lines, we think the 22 year-old really wants to play. 😀
Paul Dummett – Pardew worried about him being too nervous
Alan Pardew seems a little worried about playing Paul tomorrow, although he could still be a shock starter if Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini are not fit enough to play.
This is what Alan has said in the local papers today:
“Really and truly, I’d be guessing Paul’s reaction to playing in this particular fixture,” “If it was any other Premier League fixture, I’d have no qualms about him.”
“But this one is something that’s dear to his heart. He’s from the area, and he knows about the derby.” “So I’ve got to keep a close eye on him, and make sure he’s not too nervous, if he plays.”
“He’s a left-footed centre-half, and that balances us up,” “And he will help us score goals, let alone stop goals, from that position.”
“It can give us potency with the ball having a natural left-footer there.” “He’ll definitely use the ball well, and that could be massive.”
We have a feeling that if Paul gets on tomorrow or even starts the game, he should be just fine, but of course part of Alan Pardew’s job is to assess the mental situation of his players.
But Paul seems to handle big games like a pro – and he’s looking like he has a real future at his home town club., and we’re hoping Paul will sign a new extended deal at the club very soon – he deserves a new deal.