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Newcastle's Pardew places Bale comparisons on Dummett

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has heaped pressure on young left-back Paul Dummett.

The Magpies boss suggests the 21-year old has similar attributes to Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and hopes he can flourish in the same manner as the former Tottenham wing wizard.

"I've told him he's a left-back today," Pardew told The Chronicle. "But Gareth Bale was a left-back one day and now he's worth £86million.

"So come on, if he starts bursting forward and gets some goals...

"Everybody loves him, and he's a proper local boy that's come through the system.

"Not only that he's really carrying the flag in terms of pushing for the first team.

"(Italian left-back) Davide Santon knows that. Who knows whether he would have played as well as he did against Fulham without the pressure from Dummy. Maybe not.

"It all goes hand in hand, and we might have to see the very best of Davide to stay in the team."

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