Rafa Praises Star Player – But Then Points Out The Problem

Martin Dubravka has been brilliant for us this year – last season he was on loan from Sparta Prague, and we bought him in the summer for just £4M, and he’s continued in top form between the sticks.

The goalkeeper had another good game last night at Goodison Park and but for him, we wouldn’t have come away with an excellent point in the 1-1 draw.

Rafa always wanted a goalkeeper who would take control from the back and be good with his feet.

And Dubravka is that kind of goalkeeper, and his confidence has helped our defense improve this year.

In fact, we have some talented and experienced players who were brought in over the summer and we didn’t pay much in fees for them.

Martin Dubravka – in action last night

There’s Dubravka (£4M), Fernandez (£6M), Schar (£3M) and Ki who was a free agent from Swansea and all are currently first team starters in the side.

£13M for four experienced starters – these are good acquisitions by the club.

If Rafa stays on board past next summer, then we expect to pick up one or two bargains every summer becasue of the number of contacts he has in the game.

Rafa admits Dubravka had another outstanding game last night in the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park but he doesn’t want him to be that busy:

“It’s good to have a good goalkeeper.”

“But I’d also like strikers who score goals and we won’t need to talk about the goalkeeper too much.”

“Martin is doing a great job for us.” “He is a good professional and hopefully he can carry on.

“I don’t want to see him too busy every game but if he is busy he is making good saves to keep the team in the game.”

Looks like Rafa will want one new striker brought in next month either permanently or on loan with an option to buy in the summer.

It was a very good point last night and we didn’t expect it.

But now we must also have a decent chance of beating Wolves at home on Sunday afternoon.

With the Magpie Group postponing their protests against Ashley until February we hope there will be a sold-out crowd on Sunday.

There also seems to be a good chance the club will be sold before the end of next month and probably sooner.

With everybody United  – Newcastle can win this game on Sunday.

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