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This Newcastle Signing Picked Out As One Of The Best Of The Summer

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?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Apparently Pieters and Gary Rowett have
    had a huge falling out over this

  • Danny Boy

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Thanks for your insight on the way football agents operate. Good value mate and worth having to read through the many infantile repetitive comments on here.
    I watched Cardiff’s game on Sky and thought they were diabolical. They offered little and doubtless will play better at home. We also will need to defend better at set pieces.

  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #4

    If someone sounds stupid looks stupid
    posts ceaseless stupid crap
    guess what ?

  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    The big problem at Cardiff will be
    the master of the draw , Neil Warnock.
    He’ll have already worked out – get a point
    from 20 games and nick a few surprise wins
    and there’s a good chance of survival

  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    34 points would have been enough to survive last season

  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Even WBA got 6 wins
    Draws are the key

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Last season was such a strange one in terms of the whole bottom half of the table being at risk of relegation and so closely packed together until very late in the season. In the end, 5 teams failed to get above the ‘magic’ 40 point mark and 8 teams (40% of the league) finished within 8 points of each other in the lower-mid table.

    If the league is as competitive and unpredictable again, a final points tally somewhere in the mid 302 could well be enough to scrape survival. I wouldn’t want to test it out though – hopefully we’ll be well clear of that total

  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #9

    If we could have turned half of our 18 defeats
    into draws last term we would have ended up
    in eighth place one point behind Burnley

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10



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