Former Newcastle United defender Steve Howey has warned Paul Dummett that he could be jeopardising his future by trying to be a jack off all trades.
Dummett has become Newcastle's utility man, functioning at full-back and at centre-half for the senior side, but Howey feels that he needs to start focusing on one position.
The ex-Magpies man believes that Dummett is better at the heart of defence and he thinks that should be his permanent role for the team.
“I feel Dummett is ready to settle down now," Howey told the Chronicle. “It’s no good being a jack of all trades and master of none. That condemns you to being the perfect sub.
“In my day Steve Watson was an excellent player but he played all over the place and never really made one position his own. Paul must pick his position and master it. He has the ability to become a regular."
Dummett's emergence as a centre-back has rather been by luck rather than judgement, as a number of injuries forced him into the starting line-up.
Manager Alan Pardew chucked the Welsh international into the team in a position which he has not been familiar with, but he has excelled.
Dummett actually struggled at full-back, but he has looked at home in the heart of the defence and admits that he feels a natural in the centre of defence.
Newcastle have conceded just two goals in their last seven Premier League fixtures, with Dummett standing out.
His robust style of defending has earned him a number of admirers and he will be looking to show Alan Pardew that he has a part to play for the side, even when he has a fully fit squad to pick from.