Rafa Praises Defender He Can Trust – Gives Him New Bumper Deal


News today that local lad Paul Dummett has been given a new four-year contract at his hometown club, with his current deal running out at the end of June.

In the past, we thought Paul was just an average left-back.

But after playing a massive 46 times last year during our promotion season and coming in after injury late last year and making a huge difference to the Newcastle defense – he’s much better than we had realized.

The deal has been pending for a few months now, but Rafa Benitez seems to have transformed Paul into a good Premier League left back.

Rafa has always rated Paul ever since he came back from injury when Rafa first arrived at the club and made a big difference to the side at left-back.

Rafa Benitez with Paul Dummett last season

This is what the manager has said about Paul:

“If you talk about players that are important for the team, normally people talk about goalscorers, midfielders and number tens.”

“But in modern football, there are not too many consistent left-sided full-backs.”

“Paul is exactly that; he understands the game and you know what you can expect from him week in, week out.” “That’s important when you have a lot of big games.”

“He’s a player you can trust.” “He was unlucky to miss the first four months of the season through injury, but he’s a player who is quick to learn and knows his job really well.”

“His return has given us more competition in a position where we did not have too much before, so we’re really pleased to keep him.”

This is what Paul told NUFC TV:

“It’s my boyhood club and I’ve been a supporter for many years so to extend my stay at the club for even longer is really important to me.”

“I’ve always wanted to stay here and the manager and the club have wanted to keep me so I’m really pleased to have signed the new contract and hopefully there are many more years to come.”

Paul will no doubt remember when Alan Pardew told him he was good enough to play  Newcastle, but since Paul came back from injury, it’s coincided with the defense conceding a lot fewer goals.

He’s become a better player these last couple of years under Rafa Benitez.

Paul can get better under the continued guidance of the manager, and we expect Rafa to bring in another left back this summer to challenge Paul for the starting position at Newcastle.

He has so far played 131 times for the first team with 3 goals.

Paul has deserved his new deal – congratulations to him.

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56 comments so far

  • duncandisorderly

    Feb 15, 2018 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #1

    What do we reckon are the chances of Slimani getting a game next time out? I’ve never watched him but reports say he’s hard-working. Would be good to see him play for an hour or so vs Bournemouth

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  • TyneMouth

    Feb 15, 2018 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #2

    New contract for Paul Dummett, about time! He played almost every game last season, and sadly his injury early this season coincided with the team’s bad run of results. It would be interesting to compare the games with and without Dummett.

    As the saying goes; ‘you don’t know what you’ve got, till it’s gone’…

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 15, 2018 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Consistent left sided full back – Rafas words about Dummett.
    Hopefully this will shush up the less well informed/blustering windbags who suggest he’ll end up or should be a centre half.
    (I know he’s played centre half previously but fullback is his position)

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  • manxpie

    Feb 15, 2018 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #4
  • WLtoon

    Feb 15, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Over the moon for Dummett. he was outstanding last season and since he ,s come back from injury the team have only lost 2 games, and they were against Man City. There are stats available which prove that with Dummett in the side we are a much harder team to beat. well done to the local lad.

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  • jimmygscot

    Feb 15, 2018 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Always liked Dummet as a LB never seen him at CB. Watched him a few seasons ago when he was on loan at St Mirren and he was a class above, always involved in the game, seem to remember him taking a lot of the free kicks and scored the odd goal. Pleased he’s got a new contract.
    HWTL

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 15, 2018 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Manx – that’s a good video – great tackle by Shelvey – Lukaku goes down like a bag of shyte.

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  • nut meg

    Feb 15, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Congrats to Paul Dummett , fully deserved imo.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 15, 2018 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Aye tuff sanchez didnt look impressed in the background,
    totally agree on dummett too always has been a left back and a solid one at that if we had a dummettesque RB wed be extremely strong at the back and could build and improve the rest of the team if only ashley gave a shite

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  • AncientC

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #10

    I wouldn’t be so sure Dummett has landed himself a “bumper” deal, but he’s surely worth a good 40k/50k a week by now: certainly. He should by right earn a small percentage more than average due to being a youth product and saving the club a transfer fee.

    I had Dummett down to win player of the season in martoon’s predictions. You could see the development Dummett made in the season in the championship, although some brushed it off as the quality of the opposition rather than his advancement.

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  • TheJimBelow

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Manxpie

    Lovely video thanks for sharing, nice to see £90m of striker being treated properly 🙂
    Chuffed for Dummett, agree with you if we had a RB similar we’d be ridiculously strong at the back and probably be more able to utilise an extra man in midfield when building attacks.
    Hope the recent work rate is kept up and we get a few wins in a row 🙂

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  • AncientC

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Just seen Dubravka doing the gangnam style on an article over at ‘The Mag.’ Truly toe-curling. I would advise against it watching it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #13

    I’ve always maintained Dummet would be a good squad player, he might well save us from having to buy a new LB, but as much as we’re all pleased for his new deal I think we’d much prefer he was solid back up to someone better.

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  • martoon

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #14

    AncientC @10 – You did indeed – pity about Perez as top goal scorer 😀

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #15

    The Jim Below,
    I think if we had an equivalent RB we’d have Danny Simpson, so not a bad shout, not a great shout.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #16

    martoon, Perez cannot be far away from being top scorer. I am expecting Gayle to be dropped for Slimani, in which case Perez could have enough games to be top scorer. Truth be told, I was thinking Lucas Perez was going to sign at that time.

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #17

    I slated dummett last a couple of years ago as he wasn’t that, last season he really improved and has kicked on this season. Defensively he’s solid but I would certainly look to bring in an attacking LB next season. Dummett can’t be faulted defensively but as an attacking option which is the modern game he still needs to work on that side of his game.

    Hold my hands up though and will go against the grain on this one and say I’m well pleased he’s proved me wrong. Hopefully he stays fit!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Will Slimani not just slot straight in to that lone striker role with Diame or Perez behind him. Or the six foot two Merino 😮

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  • manxpie

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Well at least it wasnt the breeze block challenge ancient 🙂

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Ancient

    If Slimani gets fit for the next match, I think he’ll end up top scorer for us this season. I have high hopes and he’ll need at least a couple if not 3 games to get fit. Will miss the Leicester game as well but he’ll be playing for a permanent move / putting himself in the window

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  • duncandisorderly

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Still think Dummett is just missing that ability to pass the ball out of defence. But when you’re looking for someone to be solid at he back, he’s a star

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  • Jib

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #22

    I’ve been following the Winter Olympics
    in Korea avidly.
    Still no sign of Fanny Schmeller

    🙁

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  • manxpie

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Look how ritchies form dropped with him having to keep one eye on yedlin if we had a defensive first RB we’d be far more comfortable going forward both wingers would have more freedom

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Paul Dummett has earned this as he’s demonstrated the effort, determination and performances to wear the black and white shirt. Graft and passion are something we respect.
    I’m sure I’ve posted a few analytical comments on some long past performances which may not have been always positive but he’s clearly another player whose fitness and conditioning now seem to have upped his performances and he’s clearly delivering the business.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #25

    It will be up to the wingers to supply Slimani, he seems strong in the air from what little I have seen. It is fortunate that there are options for the flanks if Slimani is struggling. Kennedy, Atsu, Ritchie, and Murphy leaves for plenty of variations to be tried—all four can generally play either side if experimentation is needed.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Who is she Jib?

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #27

    Manx

    Ritchie had yedlin as a partner last year as well. The drop in Ritchie form is more to do with the level of opposition he’s playing weekly and nothing to do with helping yedlin out.

    On the left our wingers help out defensively as well, Ritchie scored at the weekend but he has to step it up from now on in

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #28

    I remember when LDJ was brought in, they waited until Cabaye had gone and the window gone so the guy had no chance, had he been brought in at the start of January with the team playing well and a very much in form Cabaye supplying him he might have had a very different time here. Luckily Slimani is coming in to a very different set up and we’ve got Rafa to thank for that.

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  • martoon

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #29

    Jib @22 – That will disappoint Bradley Walsh :mrgreen:

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  • martoon

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Just search for the The Chase Fanny Schmeller

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  • manxpie

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #31

    Ourtoon nah look at his form at the start of the season he was brilliant opposition wasnt a problem
    His form dropped and his frustration grew after the watford game i think it was he was obviously told to sit back and help yedlin

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Not think Ritches lack of form has anything to do with knowing his place was guaranteed because the Ashley transfer policy brought in a young untested Championship winger instead of an established PL performer.
    Disclaimer: I’m a big fan of young Jacob Murphy.

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 15, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Manx

    I disagree with that, Ritchie hasn’t got anywhere near his level of last season. The Watford game he left yedlin with 2 attacking him often and was poor, he then played wing back against Chelsea and was poor again. Didn’t Ritchie have a disagreement with rafa against Leicester in the first 10mins as he wasn’t doing his job defensively?

    Ritchie works hard, puts in alot of effort but helping out a full back is a big part of a wingers job. Kenedy does that on the left, Ritchie needs to find his form as young Murphy is waiting for him to have an off day.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 15, 2018 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Ourtoon wed be rock bottom without ritchies assists this season all in the time before the drop in form which seemed to be the time he was told to hold back i dont think its a coincidence tbh

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Feb 15, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #35

    IMO the idea that Ritchies form dipped is a false one. I think his form has been fairly consistent, it was just he was getting assists (all bar one from set pieces) earlier in the season and it was widely publicised that he was top of the premier league assist table, this got the ‘never do their homework thick as s**t’ pundits to rave about him and the myth of the great premier league player was born in the minds of many. Ritchie is a ‘few trick’ pony IMO; he harries and hounds well and this led to us scoring against West ham I think. If he played in a team who pressed higher up the pitch, his qualities would be better used. In the championship, teams would sit deeper, so as soon as he cut inside, he would be in shooting range and so scored more goals.
    I don’t dislike him as a player and is my par second choice winger with Atsu and Murphy (behind Kenedy). Like I say, strengths are harrying, stamina, set piece delivery and of course pointing. Last week he was in the right place at the right time and took the chance well. But aside from that he had his usual game in my view. I don’t think he’s been particulary bad recently or particularly good earlier; he is what he is, one of the players I’d expect to be upgrade if we stay in the premier league.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 15, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #36

    I’m not going to spell this out in fcukin capital letters. It is called competition for places. Rafa is a great advocate of this. Ritchie facing better opposition and less competition for his place has been affected. Had we have signed Townsend, Kennedy and Murphy over the last year then Ritchie would have ban playing out of his skin from the very start.

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 15, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #37

    Manx

    His assists have come from set pieces mainly. The reason why that’s dropped is because Shelvey is back and kenedy has also taken over these duties. How only assists from open play that I can think of are Clark goal v West ham and atsu goal v stoke.

    Jail – you keep mentioning Townsend, we sold him and according to fat sham palace had no intentions to sell, not sure why you keep bringing him up though. I’m glad we didn’t get him again

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  • manxpie

    Feb 15, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #38

    Jail in your opinion

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 15, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #39

    Our Toon,
    He was a player widely reported that we’d be signing last January, Rafa hinted and smiled that he could be on his way. There was a lot of bad blood between Ashley and Rafa when he never arrived. I didn’t want him here either after that summers shenanigans but by January realised what he could have brought to the team. WW…, had a lot to do with me thinking that way as well.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 15, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Manxpie,
    Are you still smarting over those fourteen hearts I got when I called you a top class A lister bell end 😀

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