YOUNGSTER Paul Dummett has been told to follow the lead of superstar Gareth Bale as he bids to establish himself at Newcastle United.
Dummett has made the leap into Alan Pardew’s first team squad this season after signing a new one-year deal in the summer.
The 22-year-old has yet to make a Premier League start this term, with Pardew preferring Davide Santon at left-back.
But he has gained international recognition, and was an unused substitute for Wales in their two World Cup qualifiers recently, where he took his place on the bench alongside the world’s most expensive player, £86million Bale.
The new Real Madrid man has developed into one of the most feared wingers in the game, but started his career as a left-back.
And Pardew says Dummett can learn from his fellow Welshman by adding an attacking edge to his play - and that one day he might be playing higher up the pitch himself.
“I’ve told him he’s a left-back today,” said Pardew.
“But Gareth Bale was a left-back one day and now he’s worth £86 million.
“So come on, if he starts bursting forward and gets some goals...”
For now, Dummett is just focused on keeping his place in the Newcastle squad, and putting pressure for a starting role on Santon.
“He’s been a teriffic bonus for us this pre-season,” added Pardew.
“Everybody loves him and he’s a proper local boy that’s come through the system.
“Not only that he’s really carrying the flag in terms of pushing for the first team.
“Davide Santon knows that. Who knows whether he would have played as well as he did against Fulham without the pressure from Dummy. Maybe not.
“It all goes hand in hand and we might have to see the very best of Davide to stay in the team.”