The Paul Dummett debate, Aaron Ramsey’s future and David Brooks’ brilliance. Wales Watch was fun to put together this week.
Before we get going though, quick honourable mentions to Gareth Bale for his goal on the opening weekend of La Liga in Real Madrid’s win over Getafe, Joe Allen for his first assist for Stoke City, and Connor Roberts tearing up and down the right hand side for Swansea City proving, in the words of Wales fan, blogger and author Leon Barton, the only threat to Chris Gunter getting to 400 caps.
Friday night football ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/S5D9e2cLDo
— Connor Roberts (@ConnorRobs) August 18, 2018
Anyway, on with the main three for this week and we kick off with Paul Dummett.
Internationally retired by Chris Coleman in 2016, internationally un-retired by his agent the next day. Potentially annoyed by his lack of an opportunity Dummett decided to concentrate on Newcastle United’s promotion push. Roll forward to Giggsy’s first squad, and Dummett is missing again. This time he’s concentrating on Newcastle’s relegation fight, but all the while proving that he is a quality and now proven Premier League left-sided defender.
I watched him at close quarters in what can be kindly described as a “workman like” Newcastle team at Cardiff. Manquillo & Hayden were getting roasted down the right by Josh Murphy. Junior Hoilett barely got a sniff against Dummett.
Where I see Dummett as a huge bonus is that finally we could see a player that would allow Ben Davies to move to left wing-back. I see Dummett playing as a left central defender, Ash in the middle with Chester on the right. To have a player of Davies’ ability being let off the leash and able to get forward to support our attacking talents would be huge. Wow, all of a sudden we get that dynamic player that Tottenham fans have come to love.
“But Chris Mepham can play in the three” I hear you cry, and you could be right. But, I actually see Meps slowly replacing Ash right in the heart of that defence. With Ethan Ampadu anchoring midfield seeing as you asked.
The big questions are as fans do we suck it up? Allow him to come back in and prove how much he wants to play for Wales? Or do we say what’s done is done and there’s no way back? Ha – you think I’m going to tell you how you should feel or act towards him? No chance. You’re big kids and you can make up your own minds. But, what I would say is that I’d love to see Ben Davies get the chance to make the left side his own.
Not the result we wanted, a massive few weeks ahead!! pic.twitter.com/6gBAgMaQ7d
— Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) August 20, 2018
Aaron. Aaron, Aaron, Aaron … what are we going to do with you?! OK, we’re not going to do anything but welcome him like the damn Welsh hero with great hair that he is. But, that contract remains unsigned. At Chelsea he started on the bench while Ozil wandered around looking like he hated football. Given the armband, while seemingly at odds with his new manager.
Jermaine Jenas has a suggestion. He told a London newspaper that Ramsey isn’t stalling for cash, although we could have told him that, but the stand-off over a contract is down to where he’s to be played. For Jenas he actually thinks of Rambo as deeper lying midfielder while he believes Rambo himself wants to be played further forward. So here is the issue laid bare. There are less than 12-months left on Ramsey’s contract. The Arsenal fans in the main want him to stay. The manager says he wants him to stay. But you can bet anything that if that deal doesn’t look like being done any time soon he’ll be off.
This will probably prove an unpopular view but I stand by it 100%…
Aaron Ramsey is quality, he's changed my opinion, scored some crucial goals & carried our MF at times, but if He, or His agent think they can get better elsewhere then go & until then, for me he's benched. #AFC pic.twitter.com/Gw4bepwl1L
— Kris Carpenter ⭐⭐ (@AFCfreddie8) August 21, 2018
Chelsea & Manchester United are described as ‘circling’, and looking at United’s performance at Brighton they certainly looked as if they were going round in circles (sorry couldn’t resist). For me though, this is the moment for a big club. A Barcelona or a Bayern Munich to come in for the lad. In my mind he’s good enough. The European transfer window is still open ….
Premier League debut 😁🍒 pic.twitter.com/MKbY5VBtXD
— David Brooks (@DRBrooks15) August 16, 2018
“He can be very satisfied with how he’s performed so far” were Eddie Howe’s complimentary but “keep your feet on the ground” words on Dai Brooks. SATISFIED??? The kid oozes class. He’s stepped up to the Premier League like a Porsche slips into top gear.
Against Cardiff his neat touches and quick feet were in perfect tandem with Bournemouth. At West Ham, he did his defensive duties diligently but was savvy and quick witted in attack.
Last season at Sheffield United Brooks was used more in a number 10 role. Indeed, when I was out with the U21s in Bosnia that was where he played. But, Howe has moved him into a wider position where his pace and trickery causes defenders nightmares. He might look like big gust of wind might blow him away, but Brooks is deceptively tall and has a wiry frame that allows him to ride the rough treatment and roll past those bulky Premier League defenders. Oh and how good was it to hear in a recent interview that his “heart beats for Wales”.
For me he has to start against the Republic of Ireland and in a 3-4-3 formation that … oh hang on … let’s save that for next week shall we.
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