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Top Performer Receives High Praise From Former England Number One

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.

14 comments so far

  • Jib

    Oct 21, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Spanish tv full of Mourinho replacing Zidane
    Madrid lost to Mallorca at the weekend

  • geordietom

    Oct 21, 2019 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #2
  • geordietom

    Oct 21, 2019 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #3
  • Ron Knee

    Oct 21, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #4


    I still think it depends on how much a manager/coach is “identified” with a particular player – no matter how expensive.

  • geordietom

    Oct 21, 2019 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #5

    i see Bruce has chucked his hat in the ring for the Real job …


  • RobLeenio

    Oct 21, 2019 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #6

    So, Zidane did well in his first spell at Real Madrid with Rafa Benitez’s squad.

    He’s done way less well in his second spell with a squad he’s had to assemble and coach himself.

    Hmmmm, who’dathunk????

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 21, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #7

    If we did sign Ben Gibson and got Liam’s brother back from Everton then we could have three Gibson’s and two Longstaff’s in the 1st team all Geordies!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 21, 2019 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #8

    OK 4 Geordie’s and one NE lad! 🙂

  • toon22

    Oct 21, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #9

    It’s never Jabbas fault


  • Ron Knee

    Oct 21, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #10


    Does that post meet the “fair and balanced” test?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 21, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #11


    He’s transformed our team into lower goal conceding losers, still a good plus though!

  • cyprus

    Oct 21, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #12

    ?ow would an attack minded coach, like Brendan Rodgers, perform with this exact team?

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 21, 2019 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Ron, I’ve never been fair and balanced when it comes to Rafa

    Unless you count fair and balanced as being completely on his side, unquestionably and unreservedly.


  • Ron Knee

    Oct 21, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #14

    You have to mention at least one of his failings (eg, small hands; failure to win the Championship with record points; etc.) to balance things.


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