This season has been a struggle for Paul Dummett. The defender has picked up a couple of knocks and hasn’t played for Newcastle United.
Towards the end of last season, Dummett began to get a run in the team playing left-back and at centre-back. He’d missed most of the first half of the 2020/21 campaign with Achilles, hamstring and thigh muscle problems.
His stand out moment of last season was scoring away at Leicester City in a 4-2 win for Newcastle. It was a fixture that all but secured safety for the Magpies, as Fulham’s loss in the next game saw them relegated.
Paul Dummett is back in full Newcastle training
Dummett recently tweeted a photo of him in training with the caption ‘Ready’. This would suggest that he is pretty much ready to play for the Toon Army either this weekend or in Newcastle’s next fixture. Eddie Howe has confirmed that he is ‘edging closer’ to a return.
Some Newcastle fans will be excited by the news. Dummett has been a consistent and reliable option for the Magpies and is the longest-serving player in the current squad.
Dummett broke into the first team in 2012 and for his first few seasons or so looked a little shaky. However, he has really grown and developed since then. For some fans of the Toon, seeing his name on the team sheet is comforting.
Dummett can play at full-back or centre-back. With injuries to Federico Fernandez and Jamal Lewis, having a player who can step into either position is a welcome return for Newcastle. Furthermore, the 30-year-old has played at the top level for many years, having more experience than his defensive counterparts.
The Toon Army have three important fixtures ahead. They take on Watford, Leeds United and Everton. In theory, each fixture is winnable and having Dummett back for potentially all three is huge.
Personally, I’d like to see him come back in at left-back for the time being until Jamal Lewis is back fully fit. Matt Ritchie really doesn’t seem comfortable there. He is constantly getting targetted by wingers and can’t cope defensively. Dummett might not be the fastest, but he’s certainly much better on the defensive side.
Overall, Dummett’s return will be an important one. It provides the Magpies with a versatile defensive option that can operate in multiple positions. In addition, he’s always a reliable option with a vast amount of league experience that no other player in the side has. Should he prove his fitness, it would be great to see him in one of Newcastle’s next three games.