Newcastle manager Alan Pardew may prevent defender Paul Dummett from going out on loan next season.
The 21-year-old spent a majority of last season on loan at St Mirren, and some impressive performances in the Scottish Premier League, combined with a strong start to pre-season, has had the Magpies' boss re-considering his options in the left-back position.
He scored two goals in 36 appearances for the Saints last season, and after bagging himself an assist in the Tyneside club's 4-2 win over Motherwell on Tuesday evening, his manager was full of praise for the youngster, who has so far made one appearance for the first-team.
“The real bonus has been the lad who has been the bonus of the first week of pre-season – Paul Dummett,” Pardew told the Shields Gazette.
“He’s really showing up well. He’s giving (Davide) Santon a run.
“It is great to see one of our young lads from the Academy putting pressure on.”
Having signed a new one-year contract recently, Drummett could play an important part as a squad member, even if he is unable to start on a regular basis.
Pardew added: “Even if he doesn’t make that starting 11, I really am considering keeping him for the season, because he’s really close."
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