FourFourTwo.com have an excellent article out where they have picked what they see as the best 11 bargains of the summer transfer window.
One of them in there is goalkeeper Martin Dubravka who moved to Newcastle for a meager £4M from Sparta Prague – a terrific buy for us.
The fact we also managed to get Kenedy back on loan for the season means we have the team that started most of the games this year during our impressive revival.
Dubravka was fabulous for us last season on loan, and he kept us in the game during the second half last Saturday against Spurs.
When you think that goalkeepers like Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea) cost £71.6M and Alisson (Roma to Liverpool) cost £66.9M – £4M for a goalkeeper of Dubravka’s class and talent is highway robbery.
Maybe all he needs now is to use one name?
Martin Dubravka in action against Spurs
But it’s very well done to Steve Nickson and our scouting team.
This is what FourFourTwo (FFT) said about Dubravka:
Martin Dubravka, Sparta Prague to Newcastle (£4M).
The mid-season loan signing of Dubravka from Sparta Prague was a key reason for Newcastle’s ascent up the table in the second half of 2017/18.
A clear upgrade on both Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow, the Slovakian shot-stopper turned in a series of superb showings as Rafael Benitez’s side secured an improbable top-half finish following promotion the year before.
With sharp reflexes and an imposing frame, Dubravka is so comfortable with the ball at his feet that he sometimes plays outfield in training.
It was no surprise to see Newcastle exercise a clause in his loan deal to make the transfer permanent this summer, particularly as it cost them just £4m to do so.
With all the contacts Rafa has in football, and if he stays at Newcastle we can see him get some bargain buys every summer.
But Mike Ashley also has to give the manager some financial backing – something he has not done much at all since Rafa joined us in March of 2016.
But the manager has still brought in 7 good players this summer for a net profit of around £20M, and we think (hope) we are going to do well this season.
What do you think?