An Ayoze Perez hat trick saw Newcastle United secure a 3-1 victory over Southampton on Saturday, but it’s surprisingly Paul Dummett who is getting all the plaudits from Newcastle fans.

The defender was once again the star of Newcastle’s defence as he continues to enjoy life in a centre-back role.

Dummett is still fourth-choice in the Toon’s back line, but recent injury problems have seen him get plenty of game time.

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And against Southampton, he once again made a case to become a permanent starter for Rafa Benitez.

In the second half, The Saints were pushing for an equaliser at 2-1, but the Welshman ensured the defence stayed strong.

Despite Newcastle looking under pressure, the defender made numerous key interceptions.

His positional play was also particularly impressive, making nine clearances, more than any other player on the pitch.

The defender’s standout moment was a clearance from a Nathan Redmond cross, denying Mario Lemina the chance to poke home from six yards.

Although there’s been plenty of praise for Perez, Newcastle fans have made sure to pay Dummett his dues.

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Newcastle fans react to Dummett performance

Although Benitez would likely still prefer Florian Lejeune in centre-back, the manager will be pleased with the Welshman’s performance.

It’s bizarre to think he is fourth-choice centre-back at Newcastle, but if his form continues , that won’t be the case for long.

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