Eddie Howe surprises Newcastle by requesting out-of-favour defender is given new contract

Surprisingly, despite making only three appearances in the Premier League this season, Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe appears keen to offer Paul Dummett a new contract.

Dummett, 30, has long served at the Magpies, and despite spending several seasons on loan, the veteran defender has been on the club’s records since 2000.

However, despite his two-decade stint with the club, there has been increasing speculation recently that the Wales international could be offloaded.

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The uncertainty surrounding the 30-year-old’s future at the club has only been amplified by the fact that his deal will expire at the end of the season.

Howe wants to keep him though and has urged the club’s decision-makers to offer the Welshman a new deal.

Speaking recently, the head of English said: “I really like Paul. I think, behind the scenes, he’s had a consistent period where he’s trained. I think that’s what he needs.” [as] He was suffering from various injuries. But he is a leader within the group.

“He is not the most vocal but in terms of a role model and his history, he commands a great deal of respect from the staff and players, and the way he behaves. Moreover, he is a very good player. Certainly, he is someone we want to keep.”