Martin Dubravka was selected by our readers as being the best Newcastle player against Chelsea on Saturday. He again kept Newcastle in the game with some tremendous saves.
While he could maybe have done better on the Alonso strike, he did get his hand on the shot but was unable to push it wide. However, his saves up to that point were outstanding
His performance and impact at the club have not gone unnoticed outside of Newcastle. Former England international shot-stopper Paul Robinson has this to say about the 30-year-old Slovakian in Football Insider:
“I think he has been a huge signing for Newcastle as he has transformed the team.
“They needed a top-quality keeper and I think the way he has performed on Saturday was outstanding and while he’s not on the same level, I think he has had a similar impact on Newcastle to what Alisson has had on Liverpool.
“I think Newcastle, since Tim Krul left, have needed a top, top goalkeeper as they had a real problem there, they brought Dubravka in on loan with a view to a permanent and they quickly made the deal permanent as his quality was easy to see and he showed that Saturday for Newcastle.”
Martin’s impact at Newcastle has been massive. He has started the last 59 Premier League games since his fantastic debut against Manchester United introduced him to the Toon Army.
He is also at the head of the queue to get a new deal at Newcastle. He still has three years remaining on the deal he signed when he joined permanently from Sparta Prague. But the club is working on getting him an extension with improved terms.
With Martin minding the net at Newcastle and young Freddie Woodman doing the job at Swansea, we should be set at goalkeeper for the foreseeable future. That is, of course, depending on the club securing new deals for both of them.