Media in Honduras report that Newcastle are going to make a move for Bryan Oviedo.

A bit ironic that a newspaper (Diez) in Central America is giving us a transfer tale of a player potentially moving to Tyneside from just down the road.

David Moyes bought Bryan Oviedo for Everton from FC Copenhagen for £4m in summer 2012 and then paid a similar price to take him to the Mackems in January, as he desperately tried to bring in reinforcements on a budget to save them from the inevitable relegation.

A whole series of injuries (knee, metatarsal, hamstring, broken leg etc etc), as well as variable form, limited the left-back to only 29 Premier League starts in four and a half years at Everton.

However, he is a regular in the Costa Rica set-up and has played over 30 times for his country, the latest only six weeks ago in a 1-1 draw with Honduras in a World Cup qualifier.

Diez (amusingly, in their headline, they say Oviedo could be set to sign for ‘New Castle’) report that Bryan Oviedo is desperate to stay in the Premier League to help ensure he is involved in the 2018 World Cup in Russia and having relocated to the North East, a move to Newcastle would be ideal.

The situation at Newcastle is an interesting one where left-back is concerned – Paul Dummett has put in a very steady season and clearly is good enough for second tier football – but doubts persist as to whether he is Premier League standard.

A lack of pace and little to offer going forward, will surely see Rafa Benitez bring somebody in who could offer more, with Dummett set possibly to be offered the chance to move on – or to cover for both left-back and centre-half positions.

Achraf Lazaar has clearly fallen well short of what is needed, not given a single start in the Championship and only playing 36 minutes coming off the bench. Jesus Gamez has also struggled to get a game, even though he played in La Liga at left-back for Atletico Madrid.

Whether Bryan Oviedo could fit the bill as a certain first choice is debatable, he is injured yet again with a hamstring problem and is set to miss the rest of the season for Sunderland.

He made his debut for the Mackems in the 4-0 win at Crystal Palace but his other seven games have seen six defeats and a draw as Sunderland have gave up the ghost.

  • Steve Smith

    Where does this lack of pace thing keep coming from? The season we went down, Dummet clocked in as our fastest player, and I believe in the top 5 or 6 in the Premier league. Above people such as Walcott etc.

    He has plenty of pace.

    • Kev1664

      Exactly Dummett is fast. His acceleration isn’t lightenening, but he very rarely gets taken for pace.

      The thing that sometimes let’s him down is positioning, but more often than not he gets himself out of trouble with his pace as recovery.

      The main reason people get in Dummetts back is his unwillingness,at times, to get forward, but first and foremost he’s a solid defender.

      The amount of goals that came from the right back position last year from Janmaat being way out of position was instrumental in sending us down. DJ never got the stick because he could pass and cross well.

      It’s the FIFA age of fans coming through that think every player needs to be fantastic in the ball. Players like Dummett now don’t get the credit they deserve. Compatible players from the past are Aaron Hughes, Andy Griffin, Robbie Elliott.

      • Double Carpet

        Your point about the FIFA age is spot on. Mbemba gets tagged by many as our best defender simply because he’s good on the ball. In reality he loses concentration and drifts out of position. It’s why he’s rarely been a first choice under Rafa.

        • Kev1664

          Thing is I think mbemba is up there with clark as our best defender, but only because he stays on his feet and reads the game well.

          If we nurture him well enough and cut the concentration lapses at 21/22 he could become a top defender.

          The championship is generally kick long and knock down which suits lascelles and Hanley, but with strikers like aguero, Firmino, Sanchez and the like you need more about you then being able to head it.

          • Damon Horner

            I remember hearing the middle paragraph be said about Bramble! Let’s hope he has a bit more capacity than Titus to cut out his weaknesses.

          • gallowgate26

            Yes and Bramble was actually a very talented footballer, he just had 1 or 2 ‘lapses’ that let him down in every game and stopped him being a top player in my opinion.

          • Damon Horner

            agreed, that’s what I mean about the middle paragraph, if he had sorted these blips we’d have had a good defender but he never could, let’s hope Mbemba can be the player most of the fans seem to think he is.

    • As a defender Dummett is solid, if he can overcome his horrible crossing and consistent backpassing, I’m more than happy to give him another chance.

      • mentalman

        He was fourth fastest in the premier league.

        Look at his stats and you will see he’s about fourth for crosses in to the box in the club.

        He’s never played a whole season with an actual winger in front of him so frequently finds himself with limited options when going forward so needs to pass back to retain possession. Look how he out performed all of the best wingers in the championship and the majority of the goals we have conceded have been from the opposite flank.

        He was a young inexperienced defender put in to a poor defense in the last few seasons, this season will have taught him a lot and i can see him starting as the first choice lb and being given a chance to prove if he can or cant donit in the prem.

        For me right back is a far greater concern!

        • Damon Horner

          I think both me and you have been sticking up for him all season! He is a capable player for me and if there is a case for him not being PL standard then I’d like to hear it relative to the other LB’s in the league, he won’t win Ballon D’ors but he is performs well consistently.

          He is third in the list of crosses per game for us behind Ritchie and Shelvey, so he beats the likes of Atsu, Gouffran, Anita and Yedlin.

        • It’s the quality of the ball he delivers in the box that’s poor, I don’t care if 99% of crossed go in, if they are not aimed at anyone.

    • gallowgate26

      It’s his height and running style that give people that impression. In the last home game he got into a one-on-one situation with a forward and was more than comfortable for pace. Rafa wouldn’t instruct him to be one of the covering defenders at offensive corners if he wasn’t. Ideally, I’d like to see him put in the box for corners and a winger to cover the half way line, as he has looked dangerous at set pieces.

    • nufcslf

      Rafa seemed to think so and it seemed like his name was one on the first ones on the starting 11 team sheet every week.

    • HappyToons

      He was 4th fastest defender in the premiership in 2015/16 official.

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  • Leazes Ender

    When does the Rafalution start?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      I was wondering that myself

  • Damon Horner

    Dummett won’t be replaced and shoved into a backup role even if some are praying for that, Rafa will bring in a LB if there is an attractive option (obviously can’t break the bank but needs to be good enough) and he will alternate the position based on the opposition and players at his disposal as he did with Yedlin/Anita this year. Anybody who hates squad rotation might not enjoy next season.

    Speaking of Vurnon, when’s his new contract on the table?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      If Anita gets a contract extension, that will tell you the clubs ambition

      • Damon Horner

        na, every club needs a utility player.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          not 1 of his standard

    • nufcslf

      Squad rotation only looks useful when winning matches. So many managers stand by the idea even when it isn’t working at all. I can’t stand it, especially when there has been a week between matches and no reason to make changes from a team that had won the week before. Leave it alone and keep some consistency. Over to you Rafa.

  • gallowgate26

    Like others have said, we live in an age where a British defender like Dummet is not fashionable anymore. The irony is, if he was played at CB I think he would get the praise that Clarke has had and would become a local hero, where S Taylor failed. I think some people expect him to beat two opponents down the wing and then rabona it into the top corner.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Hes steady most of time a safe pair of hands. We need these in a squad and he cares about club. He certainly should not be sold as to replace him would cost more money it doesnt make sense. It has to be an upgrade.

      However I agree I prefer him central. His job isnt bombing down wing and whipping them in. Dummet would be good at LB if he had a good player in front of him who had pace work rate and crossing ability.

  • CostaRicanMarco

    As a Costa Rican fan of NUFC I’d love to see a guy from my country play for us however I think that Oviedo isn’t the guy we want, if you ask me we wouldn’t be making an upgrade from Dummet exept for maybe in pace, not worth it.

  • Brent Owens

    Simple buy luke Shaw Dummet as back up

    • Damon Horner

      How much do you reckon Luke Shaw would cost?

      • Stephen Paylor

        20 million

  • dillon

    dont want him . look at the last heap we got from them.

  • Stephen Paylor

    Charlie Taylor free transfer?
    David Santon cheap at around 3 million

    • Damon Horner

      Taylor is 23 and will come at a tribunal cost, that aside, I think he will be a wanted man because a few in the top flight need a LB, Liverpool being the biggest of those teams!

      I’d certainly have him here from what I’ve seen of him.

  • Albert Stubbins

    Dummy had a good finish to the season- big improvement from how he started it. He will be kept in the squad at the very least I feel- Rafa loves a local player in side.

    • Rich Lawson

      Don’t we all !

  • HappyToons

    ‘A lack of pace and little to offer going forward’.

    He is quick and officially the 4th fastest player in the premiership 2015/16 after the first 22 matches. I doubt he has lost his speed in the Championship

    NOTE not the 4th fastest defender, but fastest player.

    I often wonder if some us us watch the same match and same players? Dummett is a very good defender and rarely misses a tackle and also very good positional play. Unless Rafa is a clown and doesn’t know what he is doing. Dummett isn’t a CB or Rafa would play him there. He’s also good in the air, which is a real bonus playing fullback defending set pieces. Many full backs are converted wingers so look good going forward, but few are as defensively good as Dummett. He does get forward, only his final ball lets him down, big deal when you are playing with wingers in front of the full backs. Dummett’s biggest failing is that he is a Geordie, so will end up like Frank Clark, winning a trophy at another club?!! Brian Clough rated Frank Clark and he won the European Cup, most of the paddocks booed Clark every home game. So what do we know, eh? Specsavers??

    • Rich Lawson

      Frank’s problem was that he liked to back off to much before making a tackle so was perceived as running backwards more than forwards and came across as a rather dull interviewee but Clough saw a bit more in him and gave him the end to his career he deserved for his persistance.Still love the Frank Clark knows my father chant tho’

  • Blackburn1066

    Rafa’s got a plan, so stand back and learn.