Local Lad – I Do What The Manager Wants – That’s Most Important

Paul Dummett has improved this season under the coaching of Rafa Benitez and a number of our other players have too – and they will be better players next season than they have been this season.

But it’s been some experience in the Championship, which must be the toughest football league in the world to play in, with the games coming thick and fast and even the bottom teams being able to beat the top teams.

Second bottom Blackburn have beaten us 1-0 twice this season and we also lost to Wolves at home – and Wolves are 5th bottom of the league.

Rafa Benitez with Paul Dummett this season

Paul Dummett has given a long interview in the Chronicle today and this is some of what he said:

“You get criticized for certain things.” “And you get praised for other things.” “For me, it’s about playing as a team and doing what the manager wants – nobody else.”

“If the manager is happy with what I’ve been doing in games that’s the only opinion I have to listen to.” “You can take positives from him.”

“You still might get to hear what might get said outside, but the manager stuff is the most important.” “Anything in life gets commented on.”

“Social media is a massive thing for any subject now.” “Anybody on social media can say anything to you and you don’t even know who they are or what their agenda is.”

“They could be anonymous on their profile picture so you can’t take it to heart.” “As a young player, you have to concentrate on what you do best.”

“You must focus on what you can do well.” “I have heard a lot of people saying I’m a man in form.” “But most importantly it is about the team and not individuals.”

“Hopefully we can win the league.” “We have done really well from the start of the season until now.”

“Even the game against Brighton I cleared one off the line at 1-0 down but we still created a lot of chances in the first half.” “That shows the team spirit and the fight we have here.”

“We will never stop and keep going right until the end.” “We didn’t give up at Brighton and we got two goals.” “I know one was flukey but that’s what got us the three points.”

“It doesn’t matter who you are playing or which winger you are up against my job is obviously to defend and not let them play as well as they can.

“I’m trying to do my job the best I can.” “Anthony Knockaert is probably one of the best players and all of the pundits talk about him.”

“I knew on the night to stop him from doing what he does best.” “I just tried my best to do that.” “He got taken off and hopefully I did enough to stop him doing what he can do.”

Paul has made the left-back spot his own this season as he turns in a competent and solid performance in almost every game.

His performance against Anthony Knockaert on Tuesday night at Brighton was the best we have ever seen Paul play – he was outstanding and he kept the star winger reasonably quiet.

Paul has played 34 times for Newcastle this season and in total now has 109 appearances for his home town club with 3 goals.

Not bad for a 25 year-old local lad – he’s done great for us this season.

How Will Newcastle Fare At Huddersfield?

View Results
Loading ... Loading ...

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 3, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa likes him, he is to Rafa’s NUFC what Finnan was to his LFC team,

    Solid, no thrills, no dramas, seemingly always fit.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 3, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #2

    I think Ed may be stirring the pot a little here. 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 3, 2017 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #3

    I’ve been watching the Eredivisie highlights show and I reckon Krul has been doing ok with a shaky defense in front of him, must be having a bit of deja vu. 🙂

  • Oldgit1

    Mar 3, 2017 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #4

    @ Martoon thanks for putting up the season league predictions, I’m sure we all appreciate your efforts, it does show I’m a rebel in the making though by picking Colback as the player of the season. Got that wrong.
    This link will bring out all the Dummett haters, who btw I have been sticking up for. As a defending left back he is tremendous, ok he doesn’t fly down the wing but he does what’s on the tin, defend.
    I’m hoping him and Atsu will tie up our left side.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 3, 2017 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Players would do well to avoid social media, I’m glad Rafa doesn’t listen to some of the drivel on here.

  • giimps

    Mar 3, 2017 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Defenders defend first and foremost, you need both the winger and the fullback to be in unison to gel as it were but Dummet has had 3 0r 4 different players in front of him so its difficult to gel ,I would say the biggest threat is down the right with Yedders and Ritchie/arsu but its also the most vulnerable and susceptible to the counter as Yedders bombs up and the team moves across to cover, Dummet then becomes almost another CB as hes closer to the middle.
    He follows instructions to the letter, may not be the most productive but does a very good job at defending wherever he is on the pitch……and hes a local lad so lets just get behind him till the end of the season and see what happens then!!!!

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 3, 2017 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Dwight Gayle is IN the squad for #nufc clash at Huddersfield.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 3, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Rafa on Gayle: “He is fine and has trained for three days” #nufc


You must log in to post a comment.