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Benitez Praises New Signing – We Followed Him For A While


Rafa Benitez has said some positive words about the contribution of Newcastle’s new goalkeeper Martin Dubravka who was our Man of the Match on Saturday at Manchester City.

The lads put in another good performance, but we couldn’t get any points for the third league game out of four so far this season.

We have one point from the first four games, but our goal difference is -3 which is the best of the bottom six clubs.

That’s not really the stat we wanted to be talking about this early in the season.

But we seem to have brought in one or two bargain buys this summer and Martin Dubravka could be the best of the lot.

Rafa Benitez congratulating Martin Dubravka last Saturday

Here’s what Rafa has said about the goalkeeper who seems to be a leader on and off the field:

“When we signed Dubravka, we knew we were signing a good keeper.”

“Not too many people knew him, but we were following him for a while and we knew he was a good keeper.”

“We also knew he had a very good mentality and was a good professional.”

“He has been very good in the dressing room, and in these type of games, his contribution is very important for us.”

“When you have teams that are attacking so much, the keeper is the one that can give confidence to the defenders and he is doing well.”

One reason we think we have a better squad and better first team this season compared to a year ago is that we have this man between the sticks.

Dubravka will prove to be one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League as this season progresses.

He’s a fantastic acquisition for Newcastle

Comments welcome.


14 comments so far

  • G

    Sep 3, 2018 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #1

    A lot of people on here (including myself) were championing Darlow to remain first choice keeper until Dubravka arrived. I must say, I would much rather see Dubravka starting over Darlow now, however, Darlow is still young, and could still have a future with us, so I’m not writing him off yet.

    2
  • Jib

    Sep 3, 2018 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ve checked our remaining fixtures until
    New Years Eve
    and I get 31 points
    which is good
    Have a go
    Saturday 15 September 2018
    Newcastle
    15:00
    Arsenal
    Saturday 22 September 2018
    Crystal Palace
    16:00
    Newcastle
    Saturday 29 September 2018
    Newcastle
    15:00
    Leicester
    Saturday 6 October 2018
    Man Utd
    17:30
    Newcastle
    Saturday 20 October 2018
    Newcastle
    15:00
    Brighton
    Saturday 27 October 2018
    Southampton
    15:00
    Newcastle
    Saturday 3 November 2018
    Newcastle
    15:00
    Watford
    Saturday 10 November 2018
    Newcastle
    15:00
    Bournemouth
    Monday 26 November 2018
    Burnley
    20:00
    Newcastle
    Saturday 1 December 2018
    Newcastle
    15:00
    West Ham
    Wednesday 5 December 2018
    Everton
    19:45
    Newcastle
    Saturday 8 December 2018
    Newcastle
    15:00
    Wolves
    Saturday 15 December 2018
    Huddersfield
    15:00
    Newcastle
    Saturday 22 December 2018
    15:00
    Newcastle
    Fulham
    Wenesday 26 December 2018
    Liverpool
    15:00
    Newcastle
    Saturday 29 December 2018
    Watford
    15:00
    Newcastle

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  • Jib

    Sep 3, 2018 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #3

    I think because we signed Darlow the same time
    as Lascelles from Forest that folk think he’s good
    as well – he’s crap – typical English goalie – pulls
    off the odd spectacular reflex save but hopeless at
    the nuts and bolts of goalkeeping which is 98% of
    his time on the pitch.

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 3, 2018 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Jibbles,
    Did you have to clog up the thread with a fixture list? Twice!!

    3
  • Jib

    Sep 3, 2018 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Jail
    Aye

    1
  • Jib

    Sep 3, 2018 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Jail
    I had to laugh at one of your typical fifty faced posts from earlier.

    You went to great lengths to defend players flinching from a rasping shot
    Yet
    You made a blogging career of slagging off Fabricio Coloccini for the same
    thing – even branding him a “curly haired coward”

    You should leave the rigs and become a politician

    1
  • c-dog

    Sep 3, 2018 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #7

    You had us on 41 from game one to New Years if I remember correctly Jib

    Absolute imbecile

    4
  • Jib

    Sep 3, 2018 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #8

    c-dog
    Absolute imbecile
    a bit OTT
    Absolutely optimistic I agree
    (not that I recall it)

    Forget that you are a coward for a minute
    and have a go at predicting yourself

    go on I dare you
    😛

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 3, 2018 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Jibbles,
    No I didn’t.

    2
  • c-dog

    Sep 3, 2018 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #10

    I’d take 19 and see if your boss will release funds in January to maintain his SD advertising campaign

    4
  • The overrated Frenchman

    Sep 3, 2018 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #11

    I wonder who would be regarded as NUFC’s best ever goalkeeper? I feel like it’s been a pretty average position for us over the years.

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  • Jib

    Sep 3, 2018 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #12

    toonbrother
    Dec 6, 2015 at 5:02 PM
    Comment #125
    colo keeps going walkabout so nobody can blame him when we concede
    definition of a coward

    Jail I may be wrong
    but
    my error is understandable
    you and toonbrother are very similar posters

    1
  • Jib

    Sep 3, 2018 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #13

    Seamus Given was player of the season 3 times in a row

    1
  • The overrated Frenchman

    Sep 3, 2018 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Yeah, I guess it would be Given. Would you say he was elite though?

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