Newcastle put in a phenomenal second half performance to beat Everton on Saturday, and it was thanks in no small part to the half-time introduction of Paul Dummett.
The Magpies looked somewhat shell-shocked when Everton raced out of the gates at St. James’ Park on Saturday, as the likes of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin effortlessly glided into the spaces between Newcastle’s centre backs and wing-backs.
The aforementioned pair both got themselves a first half goal, but Rafael Benitez switched things up at the interval, bringing on Dummett and switching to a back four.
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Not only was this a stroke of genius from Rafa, but it was also redemption for Dummett, who had previously fallen out of favour with the boss, making just 14 league starts this campaign.
The four-cap Welsh international is perhaps not as technically gifted as some of the other options in defence, but his introduction made a huge difference on Saturday.
The 27 year-old managed to earn a 7.18 rating on Whoscored.com, which is extremely uncommon for a player introduced from the bench, especially one who is not likely to get on the scoresheet.
He deserved that rating though, winning three aerial duels, two tackles and making four clearances.
The versatile ace was calm in possession too, completing 80 per cent of his passes. To put that in perspective, none of DeAndre Yedlin, Fabian Schar or Florian Lejeune completed more than 65 per cent of their passes.
Dummett’s toughness in the tackle and composure on the ball helped the Magpies turn the game on its head, and the second half performance from both him and the team was so dominant that it may just tempt the gaffer into veering away from his usual five-at-the-back system.