West Brom's Alan Pardew might feel foolish about Paul Dummett's Newcastle deal

WBA manager Alan Pardew (c) discusses tactics with assistant John Carver during the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion at Liberty Stadium on December 9,...

Paul Dummett's Newcastle United deal leaves the West Bromwich Albion boss with egg on his face.

Paul Dummett and Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United all smiles at the final whistle as Newcastle won 1-0 during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St....

On Thursday, Newcastle United announced that Paul Dummett had put pen to paper on a fresh contract which could, according to their website, run until 2022.

The 26-year-old has developed into a big player for Newcastle and his four-month absence in the first half of the campaign was considered a big blow for manager Rafael Benitez.

Fans of the St James's Park side will be delighted over the news, but one man who might well feel a tad foolish is West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Pardew.

Paul Dummett of Newcastle United and Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United embrace after he is subbed off through injury during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and...

Back in January, the left-back suggested to The Chronicle that the now-West Brom manager once told him that he wasn't good enough for the Tyneside club, when Pardew was at Newcastle.

But Dummett can now serve up a generous slice of humble pie for the former United boss because Benitez, a Champions League-winning manager, clearly believes that he is good enough.

Leicester player Kevin Phillips (l) and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew look on as  The new TV Screen  delayings the opening of the turnstilles before the Barclays Premier League match...

Dummet appeared in all but one Championship game under Benitez last season and it would appear as if the Spanish coach rates the academy product very highly indeed.

Pardew, struggling at bottom-of-the-table West Brom, obviously had his reasons for not playing him way back when, and even he will surely be pleased for his former player, despite seemingly not believing that he was of an appropriate standard for the top flight.

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