Speaking to the Chronicle, former NUFC full-back John Beresford has heaped praise on Paul Dummett, describing the 26-year-old local lad as the ‘best defender at the club’.
This is some big praise from Beresford, highlighting just how impressive his progression under Rafa Benitez has been over the past few seasons.
It wasn’t long ago that several supporters used Dummett as a scapegoat whenever something went wrong on the pitch, however it’s fair to say that most of NUFC fans now recognise him as one of our most reliable performers, and rightly so.
He may be limited going forward, but he rarely lets us down at the back, with Beresford even suggesting here that he’s even better defensively than England hopeful Jamaal Lascelles.
Here’s what former full-back has had to say when speaking to the Chronicle today:
“It was great to see him 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.”
Interesting to see him suggest he’s at his best as a centre-back in a 3-man defence. He may have become a left-back over the years, but it’s no surprise to see him say this given he started his career out as a central defender.
Beresford then admits that he could improve his game going forward, something several of his critics would agree with, however he suggests that Rafa prefers him to stay back with Yedlin tending to bomb forward on the other side:
“He’s 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.”
Do you agree with John here? Is Paul Dummett now our best defender?