After his goal helped Newcastle earn a point against Liverpool earlier today, we tell you all you need to know about Paul Dummett.
For a time it looked like being something of a fairy-tale introduction. But while Paul Dummett’s second-half strike for Newcastle United did not prove to be the winner, it is a goal he will never forget.
The 22-year-old full-back’s strike ultimately secured a hard-earned point for his side, who were forced to play the entire second half with ten men, following the dismissal of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for a foul on Luis Suarez.
It was that red card that prompted Dummet’s half-time introduction, and he did more than could have been expected of him by slotting in from close-range to briefly put the Magpies 2-1 up.
After scoring his first senior goal in English football, here are five facts about Newcastle’s man-of-the-moment:
1) Dummett began his career in Newcastle’s youth set-up. He would later captain the Magpies’ reserve team.
2) Dummett may have been born in Newcastle, but he is eligible to play for Wales as that is his father’s birthplace. The left-back has made two appearances for the Welsh under-21 side, and he was called into the senior side for the first time in September for the matches against Macedonia and Serbia.
3) The defender has spent loan spells at Conference side Gateshead and Scottish Premier League side St. Mirren. It was here that he would score his first senior goal, in a 1-1 draw against St. Johnstone. He also scored in a 4-3 win against Dundee United three weeks later.
4) He made 34 starts and 3 substitute appearances for St. Mirren, and while he was reportedly keen to prolong his loan spell, Alan Pardew had other ideas. This season Dummett started Newcastle’s League Cup matches against Morecombe and Leeds United. He also came on at half-time in the 4-0 loss to Manchester City in Newcastle’s first match of the new campaign.
5) Speaking at the start of the season, Pardew mentioned Dummett in the same breath as Gareth Bale. “I’ve told him he’s a left-back today,” the Newcastle boss said. “But Gareth Bale was a left-back one day and now he is worth £86million. So come on, if he starts bursting forward and gets some goals.”
Perhaps today is just the beginning…
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