We had an article out yesterday in which we suggested it may be possible for Newcastle to let Davide Santon leave the club in the summer, since one reason is that it seems to be what his agent Renzo Contratto would like to do.
Paul Dummett – playing well for Newcastle
Paul Dummett seems to have gained the first team spot at left-back, after a disastrous performance by Davide Santon against Tottenham, and he was yanked at half time and Paul Dummett came in and has played well at left back ever since.
Alan Pardew is saying Davide Santon is nursing a nagging knee injury, but maybe he’s been playing with that slight injury for too long, and maybe that has affected his form and perfromances.
And since Paul has started at left back in the last two games, Newcastle have won both games, and the Kenton lad has looked solid in the left-back position for Newcastle.
Of course we also have young Frenchman Massadio Haidara, who is also a natural left-back, and Yanga-Mbiwa can play anywhere along the back four – so we are really well off for left backs.
And that’s change from what it used to be when Jose Enrique was at Newcastle.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about Paul Dummett – who signed a six-year deal late last year:
“We have been patient with him, but he has got a natural left foot and he’s a powerful player, good in the air – he has got a lot of attributes.”
“I just felt the team was getting a little bit predictable and a left-foot down that side suddenly opened up the pitch a little bit for us, and he has taken that opportunity.”
“We have still got Massadio pushing him and obviously Davide when he comes back, so there’s really hot competition for that role.”
We think Davide could leave in the summer, and that will be even more certain if Paul keeps his place through the end of the season, and Davide doesn’t get much playing time.
Maybe Newcastle could get £10M for the Italian International?
What do you think?
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