Newcastle signed Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on loan from Sparta Prague last night after Rafa has been after the goalkeeper for several months now.
Rafa wanted some experience in goal and he has finally brought in the 29-year-old Slovakian International.
Dubravka will increase the competition for the goalkeeper spot although Karl Darlow should keep his place at Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon with Martin probably on the bench.
The loan deal comes with an option to buy so the Slovakian will be playing for his future through the end of the season.
Dubravka has been capped 9 times by Slovakia and played very well against England in September’s 2018 World Cup qualifier at Wembley.
This is what the 29-year-old had to say about his loan move to Newcastle and he seems delighted to be at such a big club:
“I feel amazing. This is a big step in my career and also in my life.”
“You can feel the energy of the people around the club. I will try to work hard, and show that I deserve to be here.”
This is what Rafa said last night about his new goalkeeper:
“Dubravka is a Slovakian international goalkeeper, and he is someone with some experience.”
“He will need to settle down quickly as he is a player coming from abroad, but he is very agile and he can play with his feet.”
“He will give us some competition in goal, and that is what we are looking for.”
When Dubravka made his debut for Sparta Prague last year he didn’t play well and looked nervous and then lost his place for a while.
But he has since come on very well this season and he has been in top form for his club.
So his debut will be important and he has to have a good game and get into the swing of things at Newcastle.
The big stopper will get all the support imaginable from the Newcastle fans home and away to play well for us for the rest of the season.