Last season there were a number of Premier League clubs said to be interested in signing 24 year-old Newcastle left-back Paul Dummett and they included Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace, West Brom and Stoke City.
With the imminent arrival of 20 year-old Everton left-back Brendan Galloway on loan for the season, maybe it’s not too surprising that some Premier League clubs would like to sign the local lad.
Rafa Benitez talks to Paul Dummett at Liverpool
There’s news in the Chronicle today that their sources in Lancashire have confirmed that Burnley, last season’s Championship league winners, are interested in signing Dummett.
But what Rafa Benitez is trying to do for the first time at Newcastle for a very long time is to bring in good players in each position so there is competition for all 11 places in the side.
It will also help Newcastle to better deal with the many injuries we seem to pick up every single season.
Having real competition for every place in the team has not been done at Newcastle for over a decade and we’re sure Rafa does not want to sell Paul Dummett.
The Denton lad turns 25 next month, and Paul will still get a lot of games this season too.
When Rafa first came into the club he mentioned a few times that he didn’t have a fit left back and he had to play players like Vurnon Anita and Jack Colback there.
But once Paul returned to the side he added balance to the back four that Rafa appreciated at the time as he said this:
“We’ve had problems. We have been playing games without a left-footed full-back.”
“Now we have Dummett, the defense is more compact and balanced.”
“We have a right-footer in the right place and a left-footer on the other side.”
“Then the centre-backs feel more balanced.”
Paul can still improve a lot as a left-back under Rafa Benitez at Newcastle – that’s the good news for Paul and for Newcastle.
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