Local Lad Has Natural Left Foot – He’s A Powerful Player

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

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11 comments so far

  • mag

    Mar 5, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Nagging knee injury read completely useless.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Santon is our best left back by a mile.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 5, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Don’t rate Dummett. Think he’ll be the third choice option in the future.

  • G

    Mar 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Dummett is promising, but he needs to eliminate the stupid losses of possession. Santon is currently our best Left back, however, he has his limitations too.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 5, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #5

    I think Dummett’s deliveries are poor. Santon is definitely the best going forward. We can’t afford to lose him. He is definitely the next Maldini.

  • beefman13

    Mar 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Kets, dummetts deliverys are poor???? Give over lad, his corners and free kicks are on the money, always veats the first line of defence, its up to our other players ti get in the end of them, he dosnt waste possesion like santon, and while haidara is canny, Dummett has the best left foot in the vlub, natural left footed fullbacks are goldyst.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Mar 5, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Dummet deliveries can’t be that bad, he got an assist against hull, for Anita goal.

    Santon is not a natural left back as he can’t defend. He stood and watched Adam Johnson slot away sunderland 2nd against us instead of slide in, he gets turned inside out all the time. He needs to be shifted futher up field on to the wings, and let dummet and Haidara shine on the left back.

  • Brutooon

    Mar 6, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #8

    too early to say Dummett is better than Santon simple because we play against two poor team.

    If dummet play well against the team above us (against fast winger etc)

  • nufc 11

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #9

    I dont know who works with the defence at the club nowadays but this kid needs alot of work on the defensive side of his game he wonders alot ball watching which is fatal at LB having siad that id still fancey him to come good and make LB his own. Santon was never a LB why AP cointinued to play him there is beyond me RM is his slot running at the opp LB crossing on his good foot.

  • rex

    Mar 6, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #10

    hope we qualify for Europe!

  • James RS

    Mar 6, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree wholeheartedly with Ketsbaia 9…I don’t rate Dummett either …championship material at best. Santon oozes technical ability but maybe not at left back and we cant afford to lose him. Dummett gets caught out far too often and loses possession while ball watching..Villa knew that and played on him in the first half and last time he playd he gifted the opposition a goal; no hes not good enough yet. Theres Yanga Mbiwa who is better and Santon is just too good to let go but don’t play him at left back


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