Newcastle Utd’s youngsters must leave club like Dummett

Newcastle Paul Dummett
Newcastle Paul Dummett

NEWCASTLE United’s young players must follow Paul Dummett’s example – and leave the club.

The defender hasn’t looked back since heading to St Mirren on loan last season.

Dummett, 21, is now on the fringes of Alan Pardew’s first team at Newcastle after returning for pre-season.

And reserve-team manager Donachie believes there’s no substitute for competitive football.

Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier, Mehdi Abeid and Michael Richardson have already been loaned out this season.

Pardew is also keen for forward Haris Vuckic to spend six months at a Football League club, while striker Adam Campbell is another candidate for a loan move.

“They’re all getting to the 21-year-old mark,” Donachie said. “At that age, they all need to be playing league football.

“It’s great for them. I hope they all come back, like Dummy, and play here.

“It’s all about experience. That’s the real way to learn. We can tell them every day what’s required, but they need to go and get the experience of playing against men.”

Bridging the gap between Under-21 and Premier League football is a challenge for Pardew and Donachie.

“I’ve always felt they could play in our team, but the Premier League’s very competitive,” added Donachie.

“It’s very hard for a young player – they need time. You need six or seven games to get used to the Premier League.

“Unfortunately, the manager doesn’t have that time. They have to go out somewhere and learn.”

“You only learn by playing in a competitive, regular way.

“They’ve got to go and do that. It’s vital.”