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?

  • mentalman

    I’ve always thought he was good enough for our defence last season and played well particularly before Christmas.
    Having said that it wouldn’t take much to look good in that defence.
    he needs to develop and play alongside better players to learn off them. Is he the answer to our defensive problems, definately not but he has a future in our squad and should be ahead of the likes of Williamson.
    I don’t see him as a lb and I don’t think haidara is premier league standard so we need a decent lb this transfer window

  • jack1x

    He’s not a full back , he doesent have pace , but I could see him develope as a top central deffender if played there on a regular basis

  • PaulNewsome

    No, he isn’t.

  • beardsleys cat

    The kids alreet.Needs to be played cb and he will only get better.
    Local lads seem to get a bit of a raw deal off some fans,can’t understand it.

  • Hez

    Probably our best CH

  • TheBoneYard

    def not a LB but centrally looks better and would put him there way ahead of Williamson. I do wonder about his discipline for the CB role as he does like to get forward, no doubt would need a quality CB to play alongside him and he may make a decent player……at moment new signings are not looking likely to arrive so Dummet gonna get plenty chances next season. The LB position is a worry……never understood why we got rid of Santon ?

  • jack1x

    Santon was a huge mistake , it was only greed

  • Rabid Dog

    A decent squad player, play him consistently at centre back and he’ll develop. Oh wait…… We can’t as we keep selling all our players and forget to replace them

  • zemtex

    jack1x A right footed LB isn’t ideal, not replacing him was the issue.

  • jack1x

    I agree with you , he’s just not a left back , he could be a half decent centre back with a quality player alongside him though if he’s given a runway there

  • DownUnderMag

    He’s one of those players that because he has come up through the system rather than be bought for a hefty fee, divides opinion because some think he’s a decent player while others criticise his every move because there is a feeling of no-pressure to get rid of him or unrealistic expectations of what he should be.

    Is he a world class defender catching the eye of Real Madrid and someone who never puts a foot wrong??  Of course not.  But he is a very good player to have in the squad, doesn’t make waves OFF the pitch and loves playing for the club.  He is capable of some great performances as well as some forgettable ones and like most players in the league can make the odd mistake.  Some of our so called “fans” seem to only ever focus on the negatives…if a player makes the odd mistake they treat them like the worst player in the league, if they are amazing then they are a mercenary wanting parity with other equal standard players.  You do wonder how we manage to get anyone to play for us at all sometimes…

  • IainElrick

    As  a fellow Welsh Geordie I love the fact he’s in the team and in the national squad, for both teams he always tries and has a nice persona , no reason why he can’t get better with the right staff around him, couple that with experience from national squad he could develop into a solid player

  • Greekgeordie

    He is young and in a learning curve, but I am more inclined to develop him as a CB, as he lacks pace, for a modern LB or RB.
    Also his aerial strength is not there yet., but the new managing team has to give him a chance, and I am sure that we have a decent prospect in our hands.

  • cwtoon88

    Rather than writing a terrible review and picking our select stats why don’t you look at the way the lad plays?

    He has no pace, is terrible on the ball, has atrocious positioning, is poor in the air, weak, poor in the tackle and only looks decent when the likes of Colo and Haidara bale him out. If you look at the best tackles he has made they have been after he is lost the ball

    If he was from anywhere else especially god forbid if he was foreign he would get dogs abuse. If we released him he would be playing in the northern league within 5 years a poor version of Paul Huntingdon

  • cwtoon88

    Hez On what grounds? please explain rather than making stupid comments?

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  • GToon

    He’s decent but my worry is that he won’t improve his game with us as he won’t have anybody good to play alongside and learn from. What could he possibly learn from Colo and Willo? Don’t speak and hit it long?

  • cwtoon88

    beardsleys cat No Local lads get way to much protection, Colback, Dummett, sammy and Saylor all get way to much protection despite all their clear limitations

  • cwtoon88

    GToon To be fair Colo was top class prior to fading and was far better than Dummett will ever be. If we want to progress a player like him cannot be kept

  • Michael Maximus Moose

    Average at centre back Useless as a Left back

  • DonDickson

    Needs to play centre back he,s not a left back and would get rid of collo Williamson and Taylor as 1 has no spine as a captain 2 has no talent 3 loves the theatrical

  • Porciestreet

    Greekgeordie If we can somehow find the management team you speak of, I’m sure you’ll be right.

  • Steve1221

    He’s a solid player and not much more, far better option than Haidara at left back and showed some promise in the middle.

  • Tooninexile

    …..apart from that he’s pretty good though.

  • SteveSmith16

    Good enough to keep in the squad as a cb, but not a “purple” as Lambeezee would say.

  • Gordonthetoony

    Squad quality only and defo not at LB

  • foggy

    Paul Dummett is the reason why we need a new left back.

  • alreet

    We dont produce good defenders simple. Taylor was the best we had and thats saying something. Dummett got the nod coz we had nowt else.
    Championship squad player at best. Too much “local lad” not much “hes simply not good enough”. Which othe prem team would he walk into???