Karl Darlow made some very good saves on Sunday at Selhurst Park, but he was also unsure at times, especially on crosses.
New signing Martin Dubravka was preferred on the bench to Rob Elliot, and he now had to prove he deserves to start for Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez has talked today in the Chronicle about what he now has to do at Newcastle.
Martin Dubravka – arriving at Crystal Palace last Sunday
This is what Rafa has said about his new goalkeeper today:
“He’s keen to play with his feet, I think he’s said that already, and it’s true,”
“He’s very agile, has personality and has good English, so I think he’s a player with experience who can give us something different.”
“But to play in the Premier League is different to any other league, so we have to decide when he’s ready to play in this league and if he can be ahead of the others.”
“He has to compete and show where he is, just like the other ‘keepers.”
The 9 times capped Slovakia international will hope he can break into Newcastle’s side soon, and there’s a possibility he could start against Manchester United in a massive game at home on Sunday afternoon.
This is some of what he said on nufcTV when he first joined the club last week, and he spoke in excellent English:
“It’s hard to describe myself. I don’t know – other than I’d say I like to play football, that’s what I like.”
“I like to be active on the pitch and help out the players when they are in a critical situation.” “I try to play with my feet, to get off my line and help with the talking.”
“It’s hard to say what my best characteristic is. I will try to do my best. I am coming to a big team and a big club.”
“At these big clubs, you will always have competition.”
“Never will you know 100% you will stay No 1. Always you will have to fight for it.”
“You have to show the people around the club that you deserve to take your chance.”
“I will try to adapt to the English game as fast as possible and help the team, because that is the most important thing.”
“Then I will work hard, train hard – and show that I deserve to be here.”
We think Karl Darlow will keep his place for Sunday’s game but at some point, you would expect Dubravka to get a game and show what he can do.
But Rafa will base that on the form shown in training.