Paul Dummett is the only local lad who has been the first choice left-back since Rafa Benitez came to town.
Paul has also improved so much that he’s now an excellent defensive left back and has had another excellent season playing 22 times for the first team after being out for several months with a serious hamstring injury.
And Paul has joined the growing list of Newcastle players who are asking the club’s hierarchy (that’s code for Mike Ashley) to sign Rafa to a long-term deal.
Paul was interviewed on BBC Newcastle before the news came out last night that West Ham want Rafa and they will offer him whatever he wants to join them this summer.
Rafa Benitez with Paul Dummett
This is what Paul Dummett told BBC Newcastle
“I’ve heard a lot of players say the same thing – that they want the manager to stay,”
“The fans and the whole city love the manager.”
“You can hear that all the time, and you could on Sunday during the win over Chelsea when they were singing for him that they want him to stay.”
“He has one year left, and hopefully the club can tie him down for a longer period of time so that he can build the club and build the team.”
“That will ensure we are stable in the Premier League – and then we can try and push on a little bit.”
Paul has now played 142 times for Newcastle with 7 goals and one assist.
He has a contract that will keep him at his home-town club for another four years.