Paul Dummett has played for Newcastle in our last two games – both away wins at White Hart Lane and the Etihad Stadium, and he has played very well in both of those game games – but in different positions.
Paul Dummett – sent off in last game of the season
Paul usually plays left back, but he was a surprise choice at center-back on Wednesday night, and he had an excellent game against a strong Manchester City side.
In fact after the game Alan Pardew admitted he was surprised the City manager Pellegrini had started such a strong side against Newcastle, after we had made seven changes from the side that won at Tottenham.
The Newcastle manager has given an interview in the Shields Gazette today, and is positive about Paul Dummett’s future on Tyneside:
“I think center-back is his natural position, if I’m honest.” “Young players – for example Phil Jones at Man United – need to be introduced sometimes at full-back to understand the game.”
“The tiny little nuances of center-half play – the little nudge in the back, when to read it, when to go – all those things take time.”
“Paul Dummett, on Wednesday, put in a performance really that suggests like he has read all that and he knows it.” “He’s an outstanding defender, and he made some fantastic blocks on Wednesday, and that’s what he’s about.”
“He’s kind of Steven Taylor-ish, but he has just got a really good mentality for the game.” “Nothing phases him, he wants to go and play, and I really, really like him.”
“I think center-half might be his position.”
Another example of a youngster who is playing at full-back rather than at center-back as he learns the game, is 20 year-old Eric Dier of Tottenham, who was at Sporting Lisbon before Spurs signed him in the summer.
One thing Eric will have learned from last Sunday, is to be awake when the game kicks off, since he was fault when Sammy Ameobi scored within seven seconds of the second half at White Hart Lane.
And the last time we played Liverpool – the last game of last season – Paul was sent off late in the game at Anfield, after a foul on Luis Suarez, but the red card was thankfully rescinded on appeal.
It will be a tough game for our lads today against the Reds, and Paul and the rest of the side will have to play very well to get all 3 points.
We really do hope we can get our fourth successive win of the season.
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