Paul Dummett may not be the only local lad who starts in the Newcastle team next season.
We should also see Sean Longstaff starting games if his form since last December is anything to go by.
Sean’s been a revelation this season until he got injured, and he’s looked like a young Michael Carrick in the Newcastle side.
And Paul himself has come into top form recently and had an excellent game in the 3-1 win against Southampton last Saturday.
Dummett made some vital clearances on Saturday, especially in the second half when the Saints came into the game after sleeping through the first 45 minutes.
Paul Dummett – in action against Southampton
This is what Paul has said on the Newcastle website:
“All the players deserve praise, and so do the fans for sticking with us in the tough times, and the manager for what he’s done.”
“The manager brings that experience with him from where he’s been in his career, and whether you win or get beat, he’s always the same really.”
“He doesn’t get too excited when you’ve won a game and when you get beat, he doesn’t get too down.”
“He always tells us that we need to forget about the game; obviously look at a few things we’ve done and try to improve on those things.”
“And don’t let those mistakes happen again, but he knows we’ve got another game in a few days to put things right.”
“He’s stayed calm throughout the season, even those times we were struggling a bit.”
“He’s always stated to us if we play with anxiety it’ll be harder to win games, so we’ve tried to listen to his advice and put it into practice, and it’s paid off.”
“Whether you’re going to be here next season or not, it doesn’t really matter – every player has their personal pride.”
“As a team, we have the three games; we could win all three, we could lose all three, but we’ll be trying our best to get as many points as we can to finish in a strong position.”
“And hopefully we can beat last season’s tally with the points we can get.”
If we can beat Brighton away on Saturday in the late game, we will equal our tally of 44 points we got last season.
And then at least a point at home to Liverpool or away to Fulham will see us beat that total.
Maybe we can even get three wins in a row to finish the season on a high?
But it’s an excellent opportunity to win at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon – so we’ll take one game at a time.