Alan Pardew sees new position for young Newcastle player
Alan Pardew has claimed that Paul Dummett’s best position in the future will be at centre-back.
The manager speaking after Dummett had produced a disciplined performance to help produce a clean sheet at the Etihad, whether the move was a choice or because no other option as Steven Taylor was injured (Taylor not even on bench) is unknown.
When up against a winger with pace and/or real quality, Dummett has often struggled, so maybe playing in the middle could see him able to play at a higher standard without getting exposed by pace so much. However, in the few games we have seen Dummett in the middle of the defence, there have been mixed results, with a terrible performance at Sunderland a stand out memory.
Alan Pardew was also keen to praise other young players on the night;
“We have got a good young group, I have been saying that for a while and they showed up tonight.
“I though Arma (Adam Armstrong) was terrific in that lone role, that’s his best position. He didn’t get a lot of the ball but he worked really hard. Rolando is a real threat as we know and Sammy (Ameobi) and Mehdi (Abeid) did very very well.
End up at centre-back;
“I can’t even count Dummett now, this is a player who will probably end up at centre-back and he showed tonight to our fans that this is a player who has got a great future for us going forward.”
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