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Could this local lad be Newcastle's answer to Gareth Bale?

Alan Pardew thinks left-back Paul Dummett can emulate Real Madrid's £86 million signing Gareth Bale.

The 21-year-old is battling to establish himself in the first team after returning from a successful loan spell with Scottish team St Mirren.

Dummett has shown flashes of his attack ability from the left side, more recently in Newcastle's league cup win at Morecambe.

Pardew feels that the talented youngster has the world at his feet. The Toon gaffer told the Chronicle: "I've told him he's a left-back today. But Gareth Bale was a left-back one day and now he's worth £86 million.

"So come on, if he starts bursting forward and gets some goals... everybody loves him, and he's a proper local boy that's come through the system."

Dummett was among Newcastle's substitutes during the first three Premier League games of the season. He played 41 minutes in the defeat to Manchester City. The defender is also a Wales under-21 international and was recently called up to the senior squad for World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Serbia.

It seems like this is nothing but good management from Pardew, by publicly backing Dummett to do well and develop the attacking side of his game to emulate Bale. The Welshman has huge potential and is the only competition for Davide Santon at left-back at the moment.

It will, however, be interesting to see how Dummett gets on once French left-back Massadio Haidara recovers from injury. Will the local lad be pushed off the bench once the former Nancy man is back on the scene? 

What do you think about Paul Dummett? Can he break into Newcastle's first team this season?

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