Should Dummett's form stop Newcastle rivalling Aston Villa for Bryan?

Paul Dummett of Newcastle United tackles Sergio Aguero of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on January 20, 2018...

Newcastle United fans may be expecting the Magpies to make a fresh move for Joe Bryan amid reports linking the defender with Aston Villa.

Joe Bryan of Bristol City(C) celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate on December 16,...

Newcastle may have been alerted by the news coming from The Sun over the weekend which suggested that Aston Villa are planning to make a move for Joe Bryan in the summer should the Villans secure promotion to the Premier League.

It was back in January that the Daily Mirror reported that the Magpies were rivalling Everton and Brighton for the £7 million-rated Bristol City left-back, who has seen his stock rise significantly over the course of the campaign.

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The 24-year-old has been exceptional for the Robins, and it would not be a surprise if a number of Bristol City fans felt that the only way that they may be able to hold onto him for next season would be to get back into the play-off places and win at Wembley later this term.

But perhaps it may also not be a huge surprise if Newcastle - regardless of whether they manage to stay up or not - were not the team to offer Bryan top flight football next term despite their January interest.

Paul Dummett seems to be one of those players who is destined to never get the credit that they deserve, but it does appear that he is starting to see some plaudits head his way for his recent form.

Paul Dummett of Newcastle United tackles Sergio Aguero of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on January 20, 2018...

The 26-year-old has been extremely impressive since coming back into Rafa Benitez's side, and he was rewarded for his fine form by being handed a new contract in February that, BBC Sport reports, will run until 2022.

Dummett now needs to prove that he can sustain this impressive spell over a much longer period, but if he manages it, it would probably not be a particular shock if Newcastle did Villa a small favour by not reentering the race to bag Bryan's signature at the end of the season.

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