Newcastle stand by Dummett for set-piece duty

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PAUL Dummett will not be taken off set-piece duty at Newcastle United.

The 22-year-old has been taking free-kicks and corners since breaking into Alan Pardew’s starting XI.

While Pardew felt Dummett’s standards slipped in the 1-0 defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage last week, he will keep the responsibility of taking the team’s set-pieces.

United take on Crystal Palace at St James’s Park tomorrow, looking to climb back into eighth place in the Premier League.

“He’s a young player,” Pardew said, when discussing Dummett.

“He took a lot of set-plays at Fulham that weren’t good enough for Paul Dummett, let alone me, but I’m not going to lose faith with him.

“This is a young player that needs encouragement. He has to come through games.”

Midfielder Yohan Cabaye – who left Newcastle in January – had been the Magpies’ set-piece taker.

“I played Yohan (Cabaye) when his set-plays were awful on occasions,” said Pardew.

“We’ll stick with him. We can see the quality on the training ground.

“He’s got that extra zip and pace on his delivery. If he gets that right, we’ll have more chance of scoring.”

Dummett has started United’s last three games in the absence of Davide Santon, who has had a knee problem.

Santon has now been laid low by tonsillitis.

“He’s got bad tonsillitis,” said Pardew. “I think he’ll miss Everton.”

Meanwhile, Pardew is already planning for next season, and defender Remie Streete is in his thoughts.

“I have to start planning for next year,” said Pardew. “Is Sammy Ameobi going to be good enough?

“Is (Adam) Armstrong going to feature next year, or do I loan him out?

“I have got Remie Streete, who is doing particularly well in the development group. Is he going to get a game? Does he need to go out on loan?

“Massadio (Haidara) has not had much action.

“They all need to be answered, those questions, in the next few weeks.”