PAUL Dummett will again be key for Newcastle United on Saturday – and is exactly the type of player Arsenal need.
That’s the view of Malcolm Macdonald, who had goal-laden spells at both clubs in the 1970s.
Dummett has been in superb form recently, whether deployed at left-back or in the centre of defence.
Macdonald feels the 23-year-old has made the “world of difference” to United this term, and believes Arsene Wenger’s team would benefit from having someone like him in the side.
He said: “There is one young man who I think has made the world of difference to Newcastle United this season.
“The players have very quickly realised what a great value he is to the side, and that’s Paul Dummett.
“He is one of those rare guys that all he wants to do is defend. He absolutely loves defending.
“He is a constant organiser of other people. His concentration is purely and simply on defending in the right fashion, and he makes sure that others around him do exactly the same.
“He is constantly communicating to them. Sometimes he just pulls them an inch or two to make sure they are all in the right positions.
“In actual fact, Dummett is doing what Arsenal defenders always used to do.
“From the early days with Don Howe coaching when Bertie Mee was the manager in the 60s, all the way until very recently, there was always that kind of discipline in the Arsenal back line.
“They have lost that at the moment, and Dummett would be an ideal guy to be in Arsenal’s side to bring back that positional discipline they seem to have lost.”
Dummett is still mostly used at left-back, but Macdonald believes he now has the respect of the entire Newcastle squad, with his influence growing.
He added: “Dummett first came into the team at left-back, but he didn’t have an influence on the rest of the back four. They looked at him as a reserve left-back.
“He has worked hard on the defenders around him and they have come to realise that it’s worth listening to this fella.
“Personally, I think centre-half is his best position.
“Against Chelsea on Saturday, though, he played left-back, because of the players available to Alan Pardew.
“You could still see the other players taking notice of Dummett – he was shouting and screaming all the time – and the person who has benefited the most from him is Fabricio Coloccini, who looks a much better centre-half when Dummett is there.”