Paul Dummett

Paul Dummett

Kicking off this list is Tyneside’s latest prodigal son – local born defender Paul Dummett.

The 6 foot youngster – who can play at left-back or centre-half – impressed last year during a season-long loan spell with St. Mirren in the SPL, racking up 36 appearances in all competitions and finding the net twice in the process.

Upon his return to St. James’s Park, Alan Pardew has saw fit to hand the 22 year-old a one-year contract extension and promote him to the first team fray, issuing him a Premier League debut during a 4-0 drubbing at the Etihad back in August.

Dummett soon became the Toon Army’s latest hero, when he came on as a half-time substitute against Liverpool in October to score Newcastle’s second in a 2-2 draw.

A week later, the Wales U21, who has four international outings under his belt, made his first start in the top flight against local rivals Sunderland.

He’s been in and out of Pardew’s starting XIs ever since – including during Newcastle’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa at the weekend – but has been a near constant fixture in the Toon gaffer’s match day squads.

Growing in experience and confidence by the game, and more recently demonstrating his decent dead ball deliveries in the absence of Yohan Cabaye, Dummett’s Newcastle career is skyrocketing.