Paul Dummett is one of the few players in the first team who have come through the Youth system at Newcastle.
The local las is a fixture at left-back when he’s fit, and he’s now been capped 5 times by Wales.
And Alan Pardew was clear when he told him he wasn’t good enough to play for Newcastle.
That only made Paul more determined to become a Newcastle regular – and it showed his ambition and attitude.
He has now played 161 times for Newcastle with 3 goals and one assist.
While on loan at Gateshead and St. Mirren he played another 46 first team games.
Rafa Benitez has praised the way Paul always knows what to do whatever position he plays in.
Rafa Benitez and Paul Dummett on the touchline
This is what Benitez has said in the Chronicle today:
“For us, he is one of the players we have who understands what to do better than anybody.”
“In terms of position, you’ll put him as a left-back or a left-sided center-back, he knows what he has to do.”
“He never takes too many risks and he’s quite consistent.”
“If you want him to attack more – and he’s not an offensive full-back – but he will try and give you some width too.”
“When he has to defend he will do it but when we attack he is aware to stop counter-attacks.”
“He also seems to see what is happening and talks to the others about what they have to do.”
“I think he was good for us at the start of the season, he then got injured with Wales and after that when he came back the team were playing well and he had to wait.”
“He was training well and he was always ready.” “Then he showed it on the pitch and he did well.”
“He was fine on the ball and good defending so he was good for us.”
“Paul is a good example to the others and he shows you have to be ready just in case.”
“It’s no problem for me (giving his the captain’s armband) because he’s quite experienced and he’s quite clever.”
“Paul knows what it means to be the captain of Newcastle United too.”
“I still think he can play in other positions though but obviously, if you play with five at the back he is OK on the left as a center-back.”
“But every year he gets a little bit better so he’s not going to be Lionel Messi, but for a defender, his positional game is quite clever and he knows the decisions he has to make.”
“He is somebody that tactically will get better and better, so he becomes a better player.”
Paul is from Denton in Newcastle and he will have another local lad playing with him in the Newcastle first team next season.
Sean Longstaff is from North Shields and has been outstanding in central midfield for Newcastle this season until he suffered a knee ligament injury.
So we should have two local lads in the team for next season and if Rafa stays he wants to bring more players through the Academy.
That’s a much cheaper way of getting good players in the side and Rafa has told owner Mike Ashley how he can save him money if he can get an investment in the Academy.
Paul Dummett and Sean Longstaff are excellent examples for other players in the Academy to follow in future years.
What do you think?