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'I really like him': Eddie Howe hints at Paul Dummett contract extension

Paul Dummett returned last weekend in Newcastle United’s 1-1 draw with Watford. Some fans cited Dummett as one of the few positives from the clash against a relegation rival.

The local boy has had on and off injury problems for the last couple of seasons, but hopefully has reached a turning point. The ex-Wales international is the longest-serving player at the club and came through the academy.

Boss Eddie Howe has taken a liking to Dummett. The 30-year-old’s contract runs out this summer and it appears that an extension is on the cards.

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Howe sees Dummett in Newcastle future plans

When asked about the left-back, Howe responded positively about him. The Chronicle reported that Howe stated: “Paul Dummett is a massive part of our future.

“I really like him as a lad, he has a really good temperament and is very level headed.”

In addition, Howe believes that his experience will be important for Newcastle as they look to avoid the drop. It’s certainly a boost for the Magpies. With Jamal Lewis on the cusp of a return and Dummett back, there are more left-back options available.

For some Newcastle fans, Dummett provides more assurance. He may not be the fastest, but defensively you always know you’re going to get a top shift.

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Newcastle may have Jamal Lewis’s return on the fringes and links with Robin Gosens, but there’s reason to give Dummett a deal. The youth academy product offers versatility, he can play at either left-back or centre-back. Having this option will be key for the Toon Army.

Should an injury crisis rear its ugly head again Dummett could be a useful asset. If the Magpies are relegated or survive the drop, he would certainly be a useful squad player in either scenario.

With shoddy defensive displays still present amongst the centre-backs, some fans have called for Dummett to replace Jamaal Lascelles. Should no new centre-backs arrive before the clash with Leeds, it seems some fans want to see Dummett and Fernandez as a pairing.

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Eddie Howe has clearly taken a liking to Paul Dummett. Some Newcastle fans will agree with Howe’s assessment and look forward to him potentially signing a new deal.

The 30-year-old offers experience, assurance and consistency whenever he steps on the pitch. He could well prove to be a reliable squad option for a few more years.

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