f timeMartin Dubravka has found a new house on Tyneside and that should help him and his family settle down quickly in Newcastle – it’s always difficult living in a hotel for any length of time.
Martin was simply outstanding for us against Manchester United and we hope he can keep up that good form for the rest of the season.
If he can then Newcastle could even do quite well in the league before the end of the season.
And Rafa will almost certainly take up the €4M (£3.6M) option to buy Martin this summer.
Martin Dubravka – great start to Newcastle career
That would be in addition to the €2M (£1.8M) loan fee we paid Sparta Prague for him.
But that €2M could save us this season and give us another £110M at least next season, so it could become a terrific deal for Newcastle.
This is what Martin has said in the Chronicle today as he attempts to settle in quickly:
“We have found a nice place to live here.” “I am happy about that now.”
“It has been tiring living in a hotel. I am happy to feel at home.”
“This is a new adventure for me.” “The people have been very friendly to me from the beginning and that’s important.”
“You need some time to spend with your team-mates and get to know them.”
“Now we have a little bit more time to prepare for the next game at AFC Bournemouth.”
“It’s going to be a nice two weeks now because we have won.” “But we also need to make sure we work hard in training.”
“We can be satisfied now but it’s about making sure we keep going in the right direction.”
“We can focus on the next few games.”
“In the Premier League it’s a difficult game, especially when it comes to duels, but if you want to be successful you’ll have to be able to play the ball with your feet as a goalkeeper.”
“The crowd helped me a lot – right from the beginning.” “You can feel their energy all the time.”
“That will help me I am sure. I am happy that we got a win and we can move forward.”
Dubravka made several good saves in the game and looked like an accomplished goalkeeper who could become a big hit in the Premier League and on Tyneside.
As Rafa had already said- he is very good with his feet and the manager has wanted a new experienced goalkeeper in since last summer.
At the end of the game, Dubravka had already made himself a favorite with the Newcastle fans.
Especially after that last gasp brilliant reaction save from Geordie Michael Carrick, following a corner – with seocnds to go.
Martin certainly is more than keen to stay at Newcastle and after such a display on his debut in what was a white hot atmosphere this man has the right stuff to become a (big) star on Tyneside.
Now he needs to play at the same level at Bournemouth in our next game.
One last thought – maybe we can try to get Carrick in the summer for a couple of seasons, and he can add much-needed Premier League experience to the Newcastle midfield?
What do you think?