2019/20 Newcastle United Review: Paul Dummett

The long-time Newcastle United left-back continued his growth at center-back this season.

Paul Dummett first signed with the Newcastle United first team back in 2012. After spending most of the years since then as a left-back, he continued his trajectory to becoming a full-time central defender this season.

2019-20 EPL stats: 16 appearances, 54 recoveries, 23 interceptions, zero errors leading to goals

Expert Breakdown

Durim Halimi: Paul Dummett is a talented wing-back who has put his versatility on display by filling at center-back as well. The problem the Welshman faces, however, is the competition he has in the squad. When all the center-backs are fit, there is no chance of him starting over them. Out wide, Javier Manquillo has been a joy to watch, and Danny Rose, assuming he stays, would make it difficult for Dummett to get much game time.

As Carson stated below, Dummett’s role at Newcastle United should be a reliable bench player who is capable of filling in for others when they go down. Dummett would be wise to seek a transfer where he could play regular minutes, but for the time being the Magpies have a quality defender who can provide a spark off the bench if needed.

Carson A. Merk: Before an Achilles injury shut him down, Dummett was exactly what he usually is on the Newcastle United backline: steady. His main flaw as a left-back was his lack of production and ability going forward. But, as a center-back, that expectation is gone and he’s able to impress as a composed, intelligent defender.

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Dummett should continue to be a rotational option on the defense for Steve Bruce as a player you can rely on to put in a quality defensive shift.

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