Paul Dummett has revealed the local players have tasked themselves with making sure Newcastle United’s increasingly international dressing room know all about what is expected of them at the club.
The Newcastle-born Welsh international is a rare North East voice in the first-team squad.
Of the nine signings made so far, Geordie Jack Colback is the only a British player who will feature this season, with Nottingham Forest duo Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles not being seen until next summer.
A problem that was cited last season for causing the dramatic collapse in Newcastle’s form was a lack of togetherness in the dressing room.
And the suggestion that certain foreign players were guilty of giving less than their all when results starting going against the team.
And while Dummett would still be viewed as a junior member of Alan Pardew’s squad, he has taken it upon himself to drive home the message to all players about what Newcastle United means to the city and supporters.
He said: “It’s true that there’s not too many of us (local players) now that Shola Ameobi has gone. Obviously, there is Steven Taylor and then there’s Adam Armstrong who came on against Real Sociedad.
“As Geordies, we know exactly what it means for the fans, and it’s up to us to tell the other players what it means. I think they’ve got the message.
All the lads know just how passionate our fans are. But it is important for us local lads to do so as well.”
Dummett made his debut a year against Manchester City, a 4-0 defeat in the club’s first Premier League fixture, at the Etihad Stadium.
The champions return to St James’ Park on Sunday and the memories of the last game player there between the two teams, a 2-0 away win, on an afternoon that included the infamous Cheick Tiote’s disallowed goal, remain fresh.
Newcastle didn’t really recover from that defeat, and Dummett knows that such dips in form this campaign cannot be allowed to happen.
Dummett said: “We did really well first half of last season and got a load of points early on, but we struggled during the second half and didn’t score too many goals and lost too many games. Hopefully, we have signed players which can help us achieve our goals and play more like we did early on last season than after the New Year.
“City come here as champions and we have to forget about that. We need to get at them, give it a real go, and if we could beat them then it would be a great start and give us real momentum.”
Dummett, along with everyone else at the club, has been impressed by all the new signings who are “very good indeed” and Remy Cabella in particular.
The full-back can see why the Frenchman has been called the new David Ginola, a hero of his when he was a very young fan.
He said: “I loved Ginola when he was here. I suppose there are similarities between him and Cabella.
“Ginola was probably more direct, but Cabella has a box of tricks like him. Anyone who has watched him in pre-season will have seen that for themselves.
“He is tricky, can see a pass and I’m sure he will create a lot of goals for us. He’s going to have the fans on the edge of their seats and give us something we probably lacked towards the end of last season.”