After Rafa Benitez came in during March and Paul Dummett finally recovered from those hamstring injuries, Paul played really well when he came in for those final six games of the season (3 wins – 3 draws) after the Southampton disaster and the local lad played very well.
It;s probably the best we;ve seen Paul play and we’re sure Rafa Benitez had something to do with that.
Rafa Benitez talks with Paul Dummett At Anfield
Paul is now with the Welsh squad preparing for the Euro 2106 tournament in France next month and we hope Paul can get a game and push on with his International career.
Paul has some good things to say about Rafa Benitez and then talks about how he’d like to kick-on with his career with Wales.
This is what Paul has said:
“It’s a massive boost for us to have a manager like him to be in charge.”
“The experience he has can only be a massive help for everyone at Newcastle and for me getting better as a player learning from his experience.”
“Relegation was very disappointing but to come away to a different environment with a different group of players (Welsh squad) is a good experience.”
“We’ve got a good squad of players (at Wales) who work hard for each other and you’ve seen that throughout the qualifiers.”
“Two or three years I’ve been involved internationally but never really kicked on.”
“I’ve had so many injuries with the club, but now I’ve been fit for a while and hopefully I can stay injury-free and be involved in the competition.”
“The manager has probably been watching throughout the season every player in the squad – and will have an idea.”
“It’s something a lot of players don’t have the opportunity of doing. I’m focused on getting picked for this squad.”
One thing that has held Paul back over the last couple of years as he mentioned are his injuries – and that’s another area for Rafa to try to fix at Newcastle.
We have far too many injuries each season and it’s probably got to do with the procedures used in training and processes used by the medical department to deal with injuries – it’s an area Rafa will look at very closely in pre-season.
And because we have had small squads in the past, Newcastle probably rushed players back and that will have to stop.
If we can keep Paul Dummett fit and with Rafa’s coaching, we may have a top player on our hands.