One of the positive surprises of the season has been the form of local lad Paul Dummett, and he is improving quickly and it seems he is comfortable playing at either left-back or center-back.
Paul Dummett – vastly improved this season
Mehdi Abeid isn’t the only player to have gained some experience and confidence by going out on loan for a season, and Paul was at St. Mirren for the 2012-2013 season – where he played 36 times with two goals for the Scottish Premier League club.
Before that Paul was on loan at Gateshead for a short while, where he played 10 times for The Heed the season before he was in Scotland.
Paul was asked today if he liked playing at center-back:
“I do enjoy it at centre-back.¨ “In the two games I’ve played there this season, we’ve kept clean sheets so that can only give us confidence to build on and go into the next game after the international break.
¨I haven’t really got one at the moment – I’m just happy to play in any game in any position that the manager picks me in.¨ “For me, I’ve just got to do my best in any position that the manager tells me to play in, so I’m happy to play anywhere.”
The conventional wisdom seems to be that Paul will end up playing at center-back longer term, although he will learn the ropes at left back, where mistakes are usually not as costly as in the center of defense.
But there again the way he played at West Brom and Manchester City alongside Fab Coloccini, suggests he is already quite an accomplished center-back – and he plays in the old-fashioned style of – though shalt not pass. – a stopper.
And Bob Moncur recently pointed out how he was throwing himself in front of shots, as though his life depended on it.
Paul gives 100% in every single game and the Kenton las has passion galore when he plays for his home town club.
The 23 year-old has made great progress so far this season, and like a lot of our other star youngsters who have come through very well this season – he just needs to keep doing what he’s doing.
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