Paul Dummett has come in for some criticism this season from Newcastle fans, which is a little bit of a surprise given he’s a local lad and always gives 100% for the side.
Paul Dummett – after scoring the winner last Wednesday night at Palace
In Alan Pardew’s press conference this morning the Londoner looked cool, calm and collected – as they say – and you would never have thought his job as Newcastle manager was in so much danger – but it certainly is if things don’t improve quickly, in terms of the results on the field.
Pardew was asked by one of the journalists late in the press conference about Paul Dummett, who had come in for such criticism this season from some fans.
This is what Alan said:
“I think he has come in for criticism that is not fair if I’m honest. He’s a young boy who’s learning his trade in a difficult position.”
“The goal the other night just defines what he’s about – he’s wholehearted, he gives everything for the shirt, he loves the club and he’s getting better.”
“That’s what young players do – they have games where they are not always great, but as long as they are on that upward curve – which he is.”
“He has nudged ahead of Sadio (Massadio Haidara) at the moment and he’ll be looking to keep that because Sadio is a good player, and he’s breathing down his neck – so that’s good competition.”
It looks like both Paul and Massadio will get some decent playing time between them at left back for at least for the next couple of months, because Italian International Davide Santon will not return to training until the end of November, and almost half the season will be gone by the time Davide is fit again to play again for the team.
It looks like both Paul and Massadio are improving, the more games they get to play, and you cannot ask much more than that of the two youngsters.
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