Paul Dummett has had a poor year so far mainly because of injury and he’s been out with a knee injury and a hamstring strain after playing injured in the last few games of last season in order to help us avoid relegation.
But it’s never good to play injured and he’s suffered because of that and has only recently come back into the Newcastle first team.
Paul Dummett – wants to play more this season
With Wales having qualified for the Euro 2016 Championships next summer in France Paul will be motivated to play well for Newcastle in the hope he can make the Wales squad – and led by world-class Gareth Bale of Real Madrid they have a very good side ar the moment – the best for many years.
Paul knows he’s getting a name for being injury prone – much like Massadio Haidara who challenges Paul for the left back spot when fit.
This is what Paul has told the press today while he is on International duty for Wales:
“It’s been a tough spell,” “I was out injured for five months, and for a while, it just felt like it was one thing after another.”
“I injured my knee last season, then just as I was getting back, I injured my hamstring. There was a recurrence of that as well, so all in all, it wasn’t nice.”
“It’s not a nice feeling when you’re known as being injury-prone, and that’s definitely something I want to put right. I know people have been saying things like that, so I need to prove that I’m over all of that now.”
“I need to sustain a number of games in a row because that’s the only way to change perceptions. If I do that, hopefully I can help this team win games.”
“It’s a great time to be part of the Wales squad,” “It’s nice to be going away on the back of a win for Newcastle – that’s the most important thing for me – and it means I can really enjoy my time away with Wales.”
“As long as I’m playing well for Newcastle, and winning games, there’s no reason why I can’t keep getting picked for Wales – that’s got to be my attitude for the rest of the season.”
“Hopefully, I can get into the squad for the Euros, although it’s going to be tough. There are a lot of good players in that squad, and it’s going to be a real battle to get a place in France.”
“There’s massive competition, and I haven’t really played any games through the qualifiers. I’ve only been involved in one of the matches, so it’s up to me to try to push the players who have been playing all the way. ”
“Having that kind of competition can only be a good thing for Wales going into a major championships.”
There is an awful lot of competition for Paul to make the Wales squad but Chris Coleman – the Wales manager – is said to rate the Newcastle left back – so that helps.
Neil Taylor, Ben Davies and Chris Gunter are all vying for a place in the squad for France next summer.
Paul will have a decent chance of making the squad if he can remain fit and play well for Newcastle this season.
We hope that’s exactly what happens.