Dummett is one of our longest serving players, having broken into the first team through our academy – one of very few in recent years. He is often much maligned due to his lack of quality going forward but he is a solid, dependable defender who can play in a few positions.
Here’s what Hope had say after selecting Paul Dummett – with fellow writers picking the likes of likes of Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard, Watford’s Troy Deeney, Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Wolves’ Matt Doherty:
“I’ll go with a player who I see every week in my role as our North East man,”
“The Newcastle defender said in an interview last season that fans always used to tell him he was ‘s****’.
“Not anymore. When Dummett plays Newcastle look better and benefit from his assured presence.
“He is arguably the best defender at the club and, when you consider the likes of Jamaal Lascelles are valued at £20million, it shows you why he is underrated.”
Dummett has always been highly regarded by manager Rafa Benitez, who makes the Wales international a virtual ever present in the team when fit. Newcastle tend to suffer results wise when Dummett contends with injury issues, which have been too often over the last 18 months.
Dummett is a very solid left back, especially in a back four and can play just as well as a left sided centre half in a 3-5-2 formation. He does struggle as a left wing back in a more advanced role but defending first and foremost will always be the priority of boss Benitez.
Toon fans are certainly appreciating Dummett more and more but he is certainly still vastly underrated; he always gives 100%, rarely has a bad game and is one of our own.