Bob Moncur, the Newcastle captain when we last won a trophy back in 1969, when we won the Inter City Fairs Cup, has been very impressed with the performances of Paul Dummett at center-back, and Bob should know he was such a powerful center-back for the Magpies.
Paul Dummett – such a promising defender
Apparently Paul didn’t know he was playing in the center until almost the last minute, so we’re not quite sure when Steven Taylor picked up his injury.
Paul had played superbly at Manchester City in central defense, and certainly looked the part alongside Coloccini, and he did the same yesterday, putting in another stalwart display for the Magpies – and another clean sheet.
Bob Moncur was very impressed and this is what he had to say in the Chronicle today:
“Paul was a throwback to an old school centre-half for me.¨ “He was throwing his body into the way of the ball like his life depended on it.¨
“There were blocks, tackles and he’s also very good in the air.¨ “For a player who has played at full-back that’s not easy to do.¨
“But he done everything that was asked of him.”
That was our third clean sheet in a row, and it seems that center-back is where Paul could finally end up playing for Newcastle, and he’s improved a lot this season, with the many games he’s been getting.
He usually lines up at left back, but young Massadio Haidara has also looked good when he’s come in on the left, and we dare say when Davide Santon comes back from injury in a few weeks time, he could have a hard job getting his place back at left-back.
And manager Alan Pardew will have to consider playing Paul regularly at center-back, once the 23 year-old gets more Premier League games under his belt.
That was Paul’s 11th appearance for Newcastle this season, and he now has 33 total appearances for his home-town club – and he’s becoming a very good defender for the Magpies – there’s no doubt about that.
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