This time 12 months ago, Paul Dummett was not even close to being considered for the Newcastle United first team. However, following a successful season long loan spell at Scottish side St Mirren, he seems to have forced himself into the manager’s plans and is ready to challenge Davide Santon for the starting left-back role.
I have been very impressed by Dummett in the few times I have seen him play, albeit in non-competitive circumstances. He seems assured with the ball at his feet, is positionally sound and likes to get forward. What’s more is that it is refreshing to see a left-footed left-back who can take on his man before whipping a wicked cross into the box; something Santon rarely, if ever, does.
Paul Dummett has not only impressed some Newcastle United fans, but has also caught the eye of Welsh manager Chris Coleman, who has rewarded the young Newcastle United player with his first senior call up to the Welsh national side. Dummett is an example of how the loan system can dramatically improve the competition for first team places. His first team experience at St Mirren has given him the confidence to kick on and hopefully run Davide Santon close in the race to become Newcastle United’s starting left-back.
It would be great to see a local lad break through on to the Newcastle United first team, so long as they are good enough. I have a feeling that young Dummett is good enough, What do you think?
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