Newcastle defender Paul Dummett is hoping that Gareth Bale proves to be a positive influence on him.

The two players are on international duty as Wales play Austria on Thursday night and Georgia on Sunday.

Dummett says that believes watching how Gareth Bale ‘trains and the stuff that he does’ will ‘help me get better’.

It has been a remarkable transformation from failing full-back to then become the most expensive (at the time) transfer when he moved to Real Madrid as an attacking maestro.

Moving from Southampton, Gareth Bale had the unbelievable statistic of Spurs failing to win any of the first 24 matches he played for them.

Only when Harry Redknapp, by luck or by chance, moved him up the pitch, did Gareth Bale suddenly flourish in a spectacular way.

A bit of a leap of faith to consider the same happening for the one-paced Paul Dummett but as usual this season he has shown total commitment and has been Rafa Benitez’ first choice at left-back.

With Haidara and Gamez both injured, whilst Lazaar still hasn’t adapted fully to the English game, it remains to be seen who is first choice as the season progresses.

Undoubtedly though playing with better players can only improve your own game, so who knows what tricks we will see from Paul Dummett when he’s back in the Championship…?

Paul Dummett speaking to the Chronicle:

“You never think you’d be training with one of the best players in the world, like Gareth Bale.

“It is good for me to watch and learn, see how he trains and the stuff that he does.

“That can only help me growing as a professional.

“It will help me get better.”