We thought that when Paul Dummett returned to the team under Rafa Benitez in April, he looked like a different player and has certainly benefited from Rafa’s excellent coaching, as have a number of other players at Newcastle.
The 24-year-old Welshman is in demand in the Premier League with West Brom, Crystal Palace and Stoke City having already made inquiries for the local lad.
Paul Dummett – after scoring equalizer against Manchester United
But there is just no way Newcastle will be willing to sell Dummett – and he may be one of a number of players that Rafa Benitez has specifically identified in his agreement with Newcastle who must not be sold this summer.
One reason some Premier League clubs are interested in Paul is that he is a home-grown player and came through the Newcastle Academy and every Premier League club must have at least eight players who have come through an English Academy in their squad.
Dummett is not rated highly as far as a transfer fee goes – maybe £3M – so there’s no real incentive for Newcastle to sell.
It looks like Gini Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat and Florian Thauvin are the four expensive players on big wages at the club who Newcastle will look to sell this summer.
Those four should bring over £50M into the coffers if we can sell the four of them.
Captain Fabricio Coloccini is on around £65K/week and is also expected to be moved out permanently or on loan to get those wages off the payroll, after Steve McClaren rather foolishly extended his contract by a year last summer.
Paul Dummett has played 70 times for this home town club with three goals and is expected to get a new contract at Newcastle this summer.
We’d be very surprised if Paul goes anywhere this summer.