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Dummett's return provides timely boost for Newcastle's chances against Brighton

Paul Dummett will be fit to face Brighton this weekend and that is a timely boost for Newcastle United. The homegrown left-back is underrated by many and under Rafa Benitez, he has emerged as a key member of the first-team.

The Welsh international has been a mainstay of the team under numerous managers and that underlines how important he is to Newcastle.

Although Dummett doesn’t offer a lot in attack, he does provide balance and solidity to the back four. As a left-footed player, he offers a good option on that side.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Hector Bellerin of Arsenal is challenged by Paul Dummett of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on September 15, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

In his absence, Newcastle fielded Kenedy and Javier Manquillo in the position. The former is too attack-minded to be trusted. Meanwhile, the latter is right-footed and that creates an imbalance.

At 27-years-old, Dummett is now regarded as one of the senior players and is considered a leader on the pitch by Benitez. Newcastle have kept two clean sheets this season and both came when the left-back was in the team.

During his time injured, Newcastle conceded five goals across two matches and squandered a two-goal lead against Manchester United. It is doubtful that they would have been as poor at the back if Dummett was on the pitch.

His return is crucial and provides a huge boost to Newcastle’s chances this weekend. If they can be solid at the back and keep Brighton out on Saturday, they have a great opportunity to secure three points.

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