Olivier Bernard believes that while Paul Dummett looks a natural centre-back, he needs to push forward more in his present role as full-back.
Paul Dummett needs to improve his attacking game if he is to make the position of left back his own at Newcastle United.
That is the cutting assessment of former Toon full-back Olivier Bernard, who has urged the Wales international to work on improving his contribution in the final third.
Writing in his column for The Chronicle, the Frenchman tipped Dummett to eventually blossom into a solid, no-nonsense centre back at St James’ Park.
However, Bernard was keen to add that, while Steve McClaren continues to give the 24-year-old a run out at left-back, he needs to look at ways of improving and perhaps even taking the lead from one of his fellow Toon stars.
“Defending-wise there are no question marks about Dummett’s ability but in attack I think he needs to get involved more and try to link up play better, just like Daryl Janmaat does on the opposite flank.”
“The role of a full-back has changed now from how it was maybe five or 10 years ago. It’s not just about being solid defensively, full-backs also need to act almost as additional wingers at times.”
Dummett has made 51 appearances for the Toon to date, scoring two goals along the way.
A product of the club’s youth academy, the defender has also earned one international cap for Wales, coming on as a substitute during a friendly with the Netherlands back in June 2014.
Currently enjoying a run in the Magpies first-team, should Dummett impress in the coming months then a place in the Wales squad for Euro 2016 in France could yet be a possibility.
All he needs to do is start playing less like a centre-back and more like a full-back, which is often easier said than done.