We´ve been very impressed with the way 24 year-old local lad Paul Dummett has performed since he returned to the side at left back from his hamstring problems – and that has coincided with Newcastle starting to pick up some points.
Paul returned for the Swansea game after being on the bench at Southampton – and he has obviously benefited greatly from the coaching of Rafa Benitez.
The twice capped Welsh International has looked very solid in the Newcastle defense.
There are reports in the local papers today that Paul is ready to agree a new contract at St James’ Park to stay long term at his home town club.
Paul Dummett in action against Manchester City
It looks like they want to give Paul a new deal before the Euro 2016 Championships in France in the summer, since other clubs are interested in him.
Alan Pardew was impressed with Paul and just over two years ago gave Paul a reported long-term deal but it looks like the terms of the deal have been improved and it´s going to be for six years and will last through 2022.
His current deal has just over two years to run – yet his deal back in November of 2013 was also reported to be for six years.
The new deal is fitting for a lad who doesn’t want to play for any other club than Newcastle United and in the last few games it´s the best we have seen Paul play.
Paul has made 73 appearances for Newcastle with three goals.
It will be interesting how much input Rafa Benitez has had on the new contract, but Rafa has praised the 24 year-old as he has steadied the defense since he returned.
Paul is a natural left footer and as we said he´s looked very good since returning to the side.
When Rafa joined the club in March he wanted some say on all the transfers but also on new contracts being awarded to players.
Rafa seems to have already made Paul Dummett into a better player.