This Player Unlikely To Leave Newcastle This Summer

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.

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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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8 comments so far

  • martoon

    Aug 10, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #1

    I know Dummett has his critics on this blog but he is a decent defender. He does look a bit lost when he goes forward but surely crossing is something that can be practised and improved whereas tackling, reading the game and cutting out dangerous balls is a natural ability which he has.

  • lordy_geordie

    Aug 10, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #2

    I used be a fan but he is utter shite. Watching him against fulham he should of been subbed. He looked lost (more than rest of team) he got ball an lost it, he tried make a run he lost it. He passed an gave it away. The only negative in the stand was when he cocked up

  • nufc 11

    Aug 10, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #3

    He is a CB no doubting that, Galloway will offer more going forward if were going to be top dogs in this league we are going to be the ones in games setting the pace not bunkering in which dummet would be better suited to. We should look at will hughes, Bakory sako, and Unkown striker.

  • Pigott93

    Aug 10, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #4

    The only positive I can give dummett is that he is good at last ditch tackles and blocks, this is because he has so much practice as he leaves his man past him 9 times out of 10. He was not a prem player and is barely a championship player. He offers nothing going forward.

    He is too slow and gets beaten too easily but he has shown he can do a job at cb which I think is his best position. Would rather get rid of him and have Galloway and Gamez for left back but of we keep him so be it.

  • Oldgit1

    Aug 10, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #5

    @ lorddy_geordie what a load of tosh, time will tell. Try watching Dummett with football eyes rather than hatred. There are more good points than bad ones.

  • kilcline

    Aug 10, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Offer Burnley £15m and Dummett and Colback for Gray.

    Burnley can then go sign that forest striker for 8-10m to replace Gray.

    Everyone is a winner

  • Fatladfrizy

    Aug 10, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ll give him a piggy back to Palace…I would do it quicker than he get’s down the left wing on the attack and he is even slower getting back. Works hard and keeps his mouth shut, good professional, but he is seriously limited

  • juan

    Aug 10, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Such a shame dummett is staying. I would gladly pay his bus fare to which ever club comes in for him


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