A selection of Newcastle United supporters were left underwhelmed by Paul Dummett’s efforts against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, despite the Chronicle deeming his game worthy of a seven out of ten rating.
Dummett began his seventh successive outing of the campaign (TransferMarkt) as Steve Bruce’s left centre-half in a three-man line alongside Fabian Schar and Jamaal Lascelles, before briefly moving to fill the left-back slot when Jetro Willems was pushed into a midfield role.
The former Wales international later returned to his centre-half duties, but was again deployed in his more natural position on the side once Andy Carroll was awarded his second Magpies debut and Newcastle shifted formation once more.
Brighton’s pace in attack proved to be an issue for Dummett, however, as Neal Maupay was able to blitz his way beyond the Newcastle upon Tyne-born 27-year-old following a through ball beyond the Toon’s last man, but Dummett’s blushes were saved when the Seagulls striker lashed his effort straight at Martin Dubravka.
What impressed the Chronicle the most was Dummett’s long-play, as he knew it would ‘be one of those days’ where he would not be able to try anything smart.
In total, though, WhoScored only deemed nine of Dummett’s 46 passes on Saturday as long balls, and recorded Schar completing the same amount.
The statistics company also registered Dummett winning his sole attempted tackle, penning two interceptions and four clearances – the joint-second most clearances, only behind Lascelles and Lewis Dunk by one.
Dummett also won each of his three aerial duels, and recorded a key ball from his 26 accurate passes – 68% of his total efforts.
The quality of his attempted passes was one gripe some Newcastle fans had of Dummett’s game, despite 33 of his balls being forward passes, ten of which were in the final third of the pitch.
Here are a selection of the messages shared….
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“Paul Dummett – 7
“Knew it was going to be one of those days and booted long when he needed to.”
— Matthew Cobb (@MattCobb88) September 22, 2019
Shelvey and Dummett so bad today.
— Ifeoluwa (@saintefi) September 21, 2019
— B r a d. (@BCook94) September 21, 2019
Ahh… give it to Dummett and have him hoof it. It’s like Pards never left. #NUFC
— U wot now m8? (@MagOSotP) September 21, 2019
Without Rafa, Dummett reverts to his old ways of aimless hoof balls.
— CH Peter (@magpies_rawk) September 21, 2019
Dummett looks to be struggling #NUFC
— Mick (@Looney_Toon1892) September 21, 2019
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Paul Dummett is incapable of completing a pass to a black and white shirt #NUFC
— Dan (@DZ1892) September 21, 2019