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.