31yr old a shock inclusion in Newcastle’s CL squad, he’s made one appearance in two years

Newcastle United announced their Champions League squad on Wednesday morning for their first adventure in Europe’s top competition since 2002. The 23-man squad is mainly made up of all the growing stars at St James’ Park, though there is one inclusion that may come as a shock to most; Paul Dummett.

Having made just one appearance for Newcastle over both this season and last, the defender is on the list eligible to face the giants paired with Eddie Howe’s side in Group F, or as some people are calling it, the group of death.

AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund are the sides that Newcastle will have the pleasure of facing, with the first encounter coming against the Italians away from home on September 19th.

Dummett’s only appearance for the Magpies since the beginning of last season came in the Carabao Cup, playing the full 90 at centre-back in a 2-1 win over Tranmere Rovers.

He only made three appearances during the season prior to that, meaning that in two whole years he has only featured on four occasions.

The 31-year-old is a product of the Newcastle academy and he has been ever present in the squad since 2010, besides early loan spells at Gateshead and St Mirren, making 205 appearances in total over a 13-year period.

Although it is unlikely that the Welsh international will feature in the competition, it is a surprise nonetheless to see him included due to the limited number of playing time he has received in recent years.

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Why is Dummett in the squad?

The reason behind his inclusion may well have been to fit the club-trained quota desired by UEFA to allow the club to name more foreign players in the squad.

Matt Ritchie, who featured ten times under Howe last season, did not make the cut – a penny for his thoughts would be interesting.

Newcastle’s Champions League squad can be seen in full below as on their website.

Miguel Almirón, Harvey Barnes, Sven Botman, Dan Burn, Martin Dúbravka (GK), Paul Dummett, Anthony Gordon, Bruno Guimarães, Lewis Hall, Alexander Isak, Joelinton, Loris Karius (GK), Jamaal Lascelles, Tino Livramento, Sean Longstaff, Jacob Murphy, Nick Pope (GK), Fabian Schär, Matt Targett, Sandro Tonali, Kieran Trippier, Joe Willock, Callum Wilson.