NEWCASTLE United fans are “warming to” Paul Dummett – as a cold winter sets in on Tyneside.
The defender has started the last five games – and all have ended in victory for Alan Pardew’s side.
Dummett – who is with Wales ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium in Brussels – has played the bulk of his football at left-back.
But the 23-year-old was switched to centre-half against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Sunday in the absence through injury of Steven Taylor.
And Dummett – who also played there in the club’s Capital One Cup win over Manchester City – was singled out for praise by Pardew after the club’s 2-0 victory.
Dummett put in a typically-committed against West Brom performance alongside captain Fabricio Coloccini, who scored United’s second goal.
“I keep saying this is a guy that our fans didn’t really warm to initially,” said Pardew.
“You’ve got to be strong with young players, and I stood by him through some tricky games.
“Now, as a manager, you get your rewards.”
Dummett could revert back to left-back for the November 22 home game against Queens Park Rangers if Taylor and Coloccini prove their fitness.
But Pardew expects him, in the longer term, to become a specialist centre-half.
“He was brilliant (against West Brom), and I think centre-back will be his position,” said Pardew.
“He’s a modern centre-back – he passes it, he’s quick, and wherever I play him, he gives me everything he’s got.
“You can’t ask for anything more than that.”