We are off to the races this summer having signed Martin Dubravka for only £4M on a four-year deal.
The Slovakian goalkeeper was outstanding in 12 games for Newcastle on loan this year, and it was expected Rafa would sign the keeper.
Martin certainly improved the team and made an immediate impact on his debut against Manchester United in the 1-0 win which really started our revival in the Premier League.
What a way to make your debut for the Magpies!
Martin Dubravka signs for Newcastle
And here’s some information on our new signing.
- Born in Zilina, Slovakia
- As a child, Dubravka enjoyed playing ice hockey and football, and could have moved into the former sport were it not for a leg injury he sustained when he was five years old
- Dubravka is a third-generation goalkeeper – his father and grandfather also played in the position.
- Dubravka began his career with hometown club MSK Zilina and played in the 2010/2011 Champions League.
- He spent two years in Denmark with Esbjerg fB, before moving to Czech side Slovan Liberec in the summer of 2016.
- After making 28 appearances for the Modrobili, he joined Sparta Prague in summer 2017 and joined the Magpies initially on loan at the turn of this year.
- Dubravka, a former U19, and U21 national player was selected for the Slovakia national football team for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying home game against Ireland.
- Dubravka made his national team debut against Montenegro on 23 May 2014 in 2–0 win and a clean sheet.
- He has been capped ten times by Slovakia and played against England at Wembley in a qualifier for this summer’s World Cup.
- He stands 6ft 3ins tall and commands the penalty area.
- Dubravka has been dubbed the “quintessential sweeper-keeper” due to his “outstanding footwork” – he believes you need to play with the ball, not just kick it long.
- On 11 February, he made his Newcastle debut and kept a clean sheet in a magnificent 1–0 win over Manchester United.
- He became the sixteenth Slovak player and only the second Slovak goalkeeper, after Jan Mucha, to start in a Premier League game.
Now for five more excellent players arriving this summer.