Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has talked today about 22 year-old Paul Dummett, and the fact that he did not have great games against Fulham and Everton, but did against Crystal Palace.
Paul Dummett – still learning his trade
The Kenton youngster is still learning his trade at the club, and he has started at left back since the Tottenham debacle, although Davide Santon is fit again, but not expected to start today at Southampton.
Santon has been out with a sore knee and then he was hit by tonsillitis last week, but he’s now ready to come back into the side, at some point before the end of the season.
This is what Pardew has said about young Dummett today:
“He had a difficult night with a player running at him all the time. He was a bit naive with some of the positions he got into but he’s a young player and he’s learning the game.” “What I do know is that he has a fantastic attitude and application and he will only learn from that.”
“Just like he learnt from Fulham when all his set-plays went skew-whiff. Lallana was the same, I remember him not being able to clear the first defender with his set-plays in games, but you get that with young players and you have to stick with them and allow them to learn.”
“I know Paul Dummett is a much better player than he showed the other night.” “I thought he reacted well after Fulham when he did not have his greatest game, but his running stats were unbelievable against Crystal Palace.”
“He has one great engine for a full-back. He just keeps going.” “He has a great mentality. It is quite simple. He does not over-complicate things in his brain, that’s for sure.”
Paul’s free kicks and corners were not good at Fulham, but they have been very decent over the last couple of games, and he’s certainly got a great left foot, and has the ability and determination to make that left back spot his own on Tyneside.
We’ll see today down south, how he has recovered from his poor game on Tuesday night, but it’s going to be a tough game today.
But with a number of the Saints players missing out today with injuries, we may have a chance to win the game – but that’s always assuming somebody can put the ball into the back of the net.
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