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.”

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Staunch defender, nothing flash but gets the job done & would always start if i was picking the team.

  • Wor Lass

    Dummett is perfectly capable of “bombing on” and has been a little bit more positive in that respect this season. He may look like he lacks pace when he gets turned but after the first few yards he can really get up a head of steam – he`s quick and could cause defenders problems. The difficulty he`s had is that the team has been pretty insecure at the back and he`s had to concentrate on defending first and foremost. With the improved defence we have now and a player like Kenedy in front of him who can cover for him he should definitely show up more on the front foot in future.

    • Leazes.

      He’s doing okay, I’d love to see more local lads make it, but the club doesn’t exist simply to provide individuals with an income, or journalists come to that.

      The deep set midfield in ‘the bus’ covers for defenders so that is the reason for improvement but at a cost. With Ashley creating havoc by refusing any future signings its hard to see if the ‘dogs of war’ are going to ever be let slip!

      • Wor Lass

        Unleash Hell!

        • Rich Lawson

          Dummet,”Der Bomber”,love it.

          • Wor Lass

            Dast Bomber – Dast Boat`s cousin!

        • Rich Lawson

          Isn’t that a ”Sports Direct” shareholder’s meeting ?

          • Wor Lass

            It`s ANY interaction involving the FCB.

  • mentalman

    its the other side we need to improve

  • Paul Patterson

    I don’t get what’s wrong with having a strong, steady away left back. Start getting him going forward and he will look like the player he’s made out to be by some fans.
    He’s arguably our most consistent performer and it’s between him and Lascelles for player of the season so far for me. If only he had an exact replica for the right back slot . .

  • Geordiegiants

    I have always fought Dummett’s corner. He is a solid player.

  • Martin

    Dummett has had more abuse thrown at him at games from supposed fans of his own team than he has had from opposing fans. Pathetic. Great to see a local player playing in the Premier League for Newcastle. Has a brilliant attitude and is a top quality defender. He also does not lack pace.