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.