Paul Dummett had enjoyed a decent spell in the Newcastle side to start the season. He even put in a Man of the Match performance at Tottenham in Newcastle’s first win under Steve Bruce. Paul stayed in the side until Newcastle were thrashed 5-0 at Leicester City when he played at left-back in a back four.
He lost his place the following week to Ciaran Clark, whose sparkling form has earned him a Republic of Ireland call-up for next week. After another terrific display from the 30-year-old at West Ham, it doesn’t look like Dummett will get back into this Newcastle team anytime soon.
Paul did make a 3-minute cameo this past Saturday but will have to bide his time before getting his name back on the teamsheet. The 28-year-old local lad understands the circumstances. While he is disappointed to not be playing, he is pleased that the team are having a spell of good form.
Dummett spoke to BBC Newcastle recently, and Matthew Raisbeck has tweeted some of his comments about being out of this Newcastle side.
“I am a team player, and I want the team to win. So, I was so happy (at West Ham) that even though it means I probably won't play next game.”
— Matthew Raisbeck (@raisbeck10) November 7, 2019
Paul has an outstanding attitude, and he’ll continue to work hard despite being on the fringes at the moment. With six quality center-backs at Newcastle vying for three positions, there is going to be some jostling for game time during training. This also means that players like Paul will have to be patient.
Both Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez were in the same position as Dummett is now. They both seized their opportunities when they came.
With the way Fernandez has played over the past two weeks, he may even keep Fabian Schar on the sidelines this weekend. Fabian has arguably been our best player this season but missed the last two games with a slight knee problem.
It might not be a foregone conclusion that Schar gets straight back into the Newcastle backline once he is fit again. That is one of the benefits of having such depth at one position. It brings the best out of each player and helps to ensure that everyone is ready when they get their chance.