Rafa Benitez Hits Back At Critics In Defense Of Newcastle Player


Paul Dummett was injured in the first half of the first game of the season when he limped off with what looked like a severe hamstring injury at St. James’ Park.

Paul has still not played since the Tottenham game in August, but he is now back in full training and could be fit to play soon.

We have lots of games coming up in December – 7 games in that month and one on New Years Day so it will good to have Paul back.

The 26-year-old local lad has his critics, but one of them is not Rafa Benitez who played him in 46 games last season – with 45 of them being starts.

Rafa Benitez and Paul Dummett – last season

Rafa trusts Dummett to do the job on the field.

This is what Rafa has said about Paul as reported in the Chronicle:

“I was talking with my staff about him. People don’t realize how important as a player he is until you lose the player.”

“He was doing well last season. He’s a left-full-back, who is left-footed and who has always done well for us.”

“He is someone who knows his job. He is not bad in the air, he is not bad with his left foot.”

“People say: ‘He needs to go to the byline and make crosses’.”

“It doesn’t matter: he can make passes, he can defend, he can help at set pieces.”

“He is a player who will give you something different. Something we don’t have already.”

“Manquillo is not a left-full-back. He is working as one and doing a really good job because he is right-footed and should play on the other side.”

“You have to realize the situation we are in. We were thinking about bringing him in, he would learn little by little and maybe be on the bench but we had to play him straight away.”

You get a sense of why players want to play for Rafa.

He is truthful and honest about them but knows exactly what they give to the team and what improvements they can make to their game.

Compliments there also for Javier Manquillo for playing out of position.

It will be good to have Paul back in the fray soon.

Comments welcome.



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11 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    Nov 11, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Crikey! The WUMs have crawled oot early from under their rocks – and it’s not even matchday! 😮

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 11, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Think about it
    Ben Toner
    Oystons
    Bent Owner
    Geddit
    The EFL defers to hilarity on social media

    1
  • toontaff2

    Nov 11, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Watch oot, Jesper and C-dog/Bladeuser – these lads will be hunting you down!
    https://tinyurl.com/ya88x87u
    Mr Tuff in his pink trousers, offering to give youbboth a good thwacking……………

    2
  • toontaff2

    Nov 11, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Looks like Perez and Joselu could be benched by the Blog Scapegoaters, soon!
    Enter Paul Dummett…………… 💡

    3
  • HarriboNo9

    Nov 11, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Don’t know why that mdodjii story came up he just signed new contract 2 months ago until 2020

    http://www.espnfc.com/anderlecht/story/3178660/kara-mbodji-extends-anderlecht-deal

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 11, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Sam Allardyce has put his name forward as
    Bruce Arena’s replacement as head coach of
    the US National footy team.
    They could do worse
    Sam is excellent at getting the best out of
    second rate players

    2
  • toontaff2

    Nov 11, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #7

    JIB, have you mentioned rugby 😆
    smileypooBlogkillersemoji

    2
  • jimmysmith

    Nov 11, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Yes, all true, and a particularly good point about being an asset at set pieces, but just watch how quickly he’s replaced when the money becomes available. Rafa backs his players impeccably when he needs them, but he’s ruthless when the time comes. I’m sure the entire group recognize that every week, or even training session, they are playing for their Newcastle futures. Some will know they don’t really have one.

    1
  • Wandering Geordie

    Nov 11, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Joselu lu lu misses 1 or two or three,Joselu lu lu has feet like an amputee!!!

    0
  • Jib

    Nov 11, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Erm
    amputee’s don’t have feet

    3
  • Jib

    Nov 11, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #11

    Surely that should be lacks feet like an amputee.

    I’m sure those lads that support the Toon that lost
    limbs to an IED serving their country will sing that
    song with great gusto

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