Is Newcastle defender better than he is given credit for?
Local lad Paul Dummett has sparked much debate amongst Newcastle supporters in recent years, ever since he broke onto the scene with a back post finish against Liverpool in 2013.
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It seems some are singing the Wales Under 21’s praises, while others cast him off as simply not being good enough.
However, when you break it down to the stats of it all, the Magpies only accumulated eight points in the thirteen league games when he was absent during the course of the 2014/15 season (so 31 in the other.
The season of course had its highs and its very (very) lows for Newcastle, as well as Dummett personally.
He netted an extra-time winner away to Crystal Palace in the Capital One Cup to secure a spectacular 3-2 victory in September, however, scored quite a ridiculous own goal at home to Burnley when he lobbed Jak Alnwick on New Year’s Day.
The left-back nevertheless always comes across as a considerate young man with a real passion for the football club, which must be admired at a time when many players appear to go through the motions on a far too regular basis.
It was him who took on the press ahead of the last game of the season, when it should have really being the Captain or a more senior player, which also shows his commitment to the fans.
So although he sometimes struggles against quick wingers and on occasions his discipline may be questionable, fans would rather he was going into the referee’s book than pulling out of tackles or just standing off the opposition and letting them run on by.
Dummett was also over the course of the campaign deployed at centre-half, which I could see as his long-term position, with in particular an imposing performance away to Manchester City in the League Cup coming first to mind.
So what do you think of Dummett.
Is he a future Newcastle United Captain or will he eventually just drift away from his hometown club into the Championship?
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