Martin Dubravka will sign on permanently for Newcastle in the summer for €4M and during the four games of his loan spell so far – he has looked an excellent goalkeeper.
Good in the air and good with his feet he provides more presence and confidence than either Rob Elliot or Karl Darlow.
He’s already made a difference a Newcastle, and that’s why it’s almost a certainty Rafa will sign him full time for a bargain price this summer.
Martin has two clean sheets in the four games he’s played, and he gave a magnificent performance on his debut at home to Manchester United in the 1-0 win.
And he has been voted the FUN88 player of the month award for February.
Martin Dubravka – commanding presence in Newcastle goal
The journalists at the camp in southern Spain have commented on how much Martin communicates with his defense as they could hear him with only small crowds there.
Martin seems to have excellent communication skills and commands his penalty area exceptionally well – which is precisely what Rafa was looking for.
Dubravka looks a commanding goalkeeper, and Rafa said after the game yesterday that Karl Darlow is improving as he learns things from the Slovakian International during training.
Karl has a slight shoulder problem and sat out the game yesterday.
Dubravka can also play the sweeper role in goal and comes out for through balls and helps out the back four.
He also seems to be commanding in the air and looks very comfortable and very confident taking any crosses that come in the box.
That gives our other players confidence in their goalkeeper.
It’s going to be interesting to see if Darlow and Elliot are content to play second string to the Slovakian next season since both backup goalkeepers are keen to play.
It looks like Matz Sels will be sold this summer, so Rafa will need both Rob and Karl to back up Dubravka – and all three can improve their game training together.
And that’s exactly what Rafa wants to see.