Having local lads like Paul Dummett in the Newcastle team is ‘so important’ believes John Beresford.
When he was at St James Park in the 90s, Beresford was spoilt for choice when looking around for Geordie role models.
Bez having shared a dressing room with the likes of Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley and Lee Clark, amongst others.
He sees it as essential in encouraging more talent to come out of the club’s academy and states ‘You need local people at Newcastle because they are the heart and soul of the club.’
Paul Dummett has had a strange time at the club when it comes to the fans, usually recognised as being the best option at left-back but a belief that Newcastle United could do better.
Back in the day, it might have been a different story, when full-backs were expected to defend and little else.
Nowadays though, tactics usually see clubs playing with a single striker and full-backs generally expected to be a key element in helping attack the opposition.
Paul Dummett is an out and out defender and maybe a bit like when John Beresford had David Ginola playing in front of him up the wing, also needs an out and out attacking player to play there, so he can hang back and do what he is best at – defending.
Interestingly/bizarrely, Bez says that he would ‘love to see Paul Dummett bomb on more’.
I’m sorry, but the Geordie defender turns 27 in September and if ever he was going to excel at ‘bombing on’, I think we would have seen it by now.
As John Beresford also indicates though Dummett would ideally be playing in a back three with wing-backs, which has been what Rafa has often used against the better teams this season, including last Saturday with Kenedy and Yedlin in those roles.
In life, recognising your own strengths and weaknesses is so important, and of course also recognising it in others when you are a football manager.
The quality of defending hasn’t usually came up short this season but clearly there needs to be added quality in terms of creativity and scoring goals.
Paul Dummett is a defender, and an asset to the club when asked to do that, but don’t expect putting a square peg in a round hole is going to work by asking him to ‘bomb on’.
John Beresford speaking to the Chronicle:
“It was great to see Paul Dummett get his new contract because he really deserved it for all his hard work.
“For me he is probably Newcastle’s best defender.
“I think his best position is in the middle of a back three and that 3-5-2 formation really suits him.
“He has done very well but I still think he can improve further, especially going forward.
“Perhaps the manager puts the brakes on him a little bit and allows DeAndre Yedlin to push forward instead on the other side.
“Sometimes the trouble is at St James Park you are getting willed forward and the manager may be telling you to stay back.
“Perhaps we will see in the future what will happen in terms of him going on the overlap – I would love to see him bomb on a bit more because I think that would help Kenedy in front of him.
“Having the local lads in the squad is so important and it’s great that Paul has made it – you need local people at Newcastle because they are the heart and soul of the club.
“Once he did sign that contract, it showed everybody at else at the Academy, if you do well then you one day might get that reward.”