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Newcastle Need To Bring In A Player To Push 30-Year-Old

Martin Dubravka has been in great form for Newcastle over the past few months. He’d been making the saves to keep us in games, and we’d often get someone to respond with a late goal to get a result.

Yesterday, that didn’t happen. Martin couldn’t quite keep Anthony Martial’s blistering shot out of the net for the Manchester United equalizer.

It wasn’t a howler by any means, and it happens to the best keepers in the world as Martin’s counterpart from yesterday, David De Gea, could attest to. He let in a terrible goal against Watford last weekend.

While Dubravka has been outstanding this season, he is prone to the odd gaffe every now and then. What he may need is someone behind him to keep him on his toes.

We don’t want to overreact to yesterday’s performance and be overly critical of some of our top players. Yesterday’s performance will hopefully go down as a minor blight on an otherwise positive season.

However, we really only have Dubravka as a top-notch Premier League keeper. For several reasons, the club need to bring in another goalie close to Martin’s ability.

Currently, we just have Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot who are both out of contract in 6 months. While both are capable backups, they aren’t anywhere near good enough to force Martin into a battle to maintain his number one status.

Likewise, if Dubravka were to go down with a lengthy injury, we could suffer as a result of it.

With Darlow and Elliot fast approaching the end of their contracts, Newcastle likely will pursue a keeper in the summer. Rob Elliot’s time at Newcastle will almost certainly end this summer and he’s been an outstanding servant for a long time.

There is still a chance Darlow will be extended. We rate Darlow who can come in for the odd game and really put in a performance. However, he is not the answer if needed for an extended period.

We also have Freddie Woodman, who is doing a decent job on loan at Swansea in the Championship. He is another player that Newcastle will need to tie down on a long term deal as he’s only got 18-months remaining on his current one.

However, we think we need another goalkeeper who can push Dubravka for the next few seasons. We were linked with several in the summer – Mattia Perin with Juventus, Walter Benitez with Nice, and Odysseas Vlachodimos with Benfica, to name a few.

We’ll need someone of their ilk to come in next summer as Freddie is likely not going to be ready, and Darlow and Elliot could be gone.

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44 comments so far

  • Assassins Inc

    Dec 27, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #1

    So we play Manchester Utd after there embarrassing loss to Watford, now we play Everton with all the players wanting to show the new boss Ancelotti what they can do, the irony of the word luck seems to be, not on our side.

    Then the foxes, who just got a spanking from Liverpool, perfect bloody timing, the only shinning light is they are both at home, I hope we can at least get one win from one of these games. Two draws would still be two points closer to safety. But if course would love two wins.

    SB can see we really need a play maker in Midfield and a Striker that can show composure in front of goal, this will be his first real test, to see if he can convince MA to allow him funds to get players he wants, as the manager.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 27, 2019 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #2

    OK repost!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    To add my two pennorth for what it’s worth, I thought it was a big ask before the game playing the Longstaffs in midfield. Away to ManU it’d be a tough test with our strongest team out and so it proved. No real blame on them, very poor selection imo.

    Also I think it’s disgraceful that we do not field our strongest teams for every game, they’re all winnable or loseable but the aim should be to win them all, not effectively say to our opponents, ‘there you go, we’re not fielding our strongest team today, please be gentle with us’! OGS was probably laughing his guts out.

    Having said that it didn’t help when some of our players thought they’d help them out by passing to them giving their players easy scoring chances.

    A very bad day at the office and I hope that Brucie has had them in today for an extra session to blow the cobwebs out of their befuddled brains.

    Gayle out of the squad forever and give Muto a chance.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 27, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #3


    Whilst your take on the mackem/stealum version is is a humerous one, I’ve always been of the belief that the term related to the fact that they had ship dismantling yards on Wearside as well and it was that they Mack’em and Brack’em.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 27, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #4

    One thing that stood yesterday was the Toon fans, they were noisy throughout the game, so well done them.

    Pity they didn’t have more to shout about!

  • jane

    Dec 27, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #5

    it was a strong enough team, we lost because of mistakes.

  • jane

    Dec 27, 2019 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #6

    all teams will be rotating players these 2 games not just us.

  • jane

    Dec 27, 2019 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #7

    i honestly didn’t know what SMB stood for, i thought it was Sunderland Message Board:|

    anyone else doesn’t know (i doubt it!) it is number 3 here


  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 27, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s daft to think that any manager and n the premier League will afford any one single game as a “free hit”. It’s an expression that needs to be ditched really until it’s used in hindsight.

    If yesterday’s game was seen by Bruce as unwinnable, why would he think everton was winnable? If it was a game we couldn’t win, Bruce would have set us up more defensively and not rushing forward for a goal. We would have dug deep and had the lone forward backing into defenders and jostling them for the long ball. No, Bruce tried to go for it with what he had and we were duly punished.

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 27, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #9

    I thought that was strange as “mags” is a very common one!
    I think it’s when you repeat the text from another comment that it gets confusing.
    Why don’t you just reference the name and post number?
    You’re not too old to change your ways I’m sure! Lol
    Anyway here’s a question for you. Will we be sold in 2020 cos I’m losing faith in supporting a dead club?

  • jane

    Dec 27, 2019 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #10

    “No, Bruce tried to go for it with what he had and we were duly punished.”


  • Moonraker15

    Dec 27, 2019 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Shows what a poor manager he is because a big defeat like yesterday destroys all the confidence built up from a batch of good results!

  • jane

    Dec 27, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Bruce does have a tendency to not play as defensively as we should sometimes. i think he underestimates teams.

  • toon22

    Dec 27, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #13

    You don’t get to be the 2nd worst manager in prem history by being competent

    Check his GD as a manager

  • Nufc-83

    Dec 27, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Toon I’m certainly not sold on Bruce but given the teams he has managed in the prem would you expect anything else other than a pretty poor record. You could say the fact he has managed so many games in the prem is a positive.

  • posada

    Dec 27, 2019 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #15

    On 22nd December 1951 we played Manchester United at home.
    Drew 2-2.
    3 days Later, on Christmas day, we played our nearest rivals in the Derby game.
    That was away. We won 4-1.

    The following day, yeah the following day, Boxing Day, we played the return fixture against that lot at home and drew 2-2.

    My Dad’s old work mate scored in each of the games.

  • posada

    Dec 27, 2019 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Some debate about Sean Longstaff.
    He nearly got a bad injury in a tackle with the awful Snottgrass.
    Could have ended his career. I think he was targeted in that game.

    Did Man Utd offer substantial money. Well, probably.
    Let say it was 20 mill.
    Did we put him on a wage commensurate with being a 20 mill player.
    I doubt it.

    You absolutely must otherwise you have a player in a bad position.
    Why must you. Simple the opportunity might never come again for the player.
    Due to form, injury or illness.

    Charnley/Ashley they don’t understand that and much else about the game.

    If I was Sean I would not kick another ball for us until I had at least a 40K a week deal for the next 4 years.
    Otherwise he takes a huge risk.
    If you pick up a bad one you are not wanted by anybody.
    It’s that harsh.

  • Jib

    Dec 27, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #17

    I don’t know where toon22 gets his FACTS ?? from !

    The twelve worst managers in the PL (in reverse order)

    Remi Garde. Aston Villa.
    Dave Bassett. Nottingham Forest.
    Roy McFarland. Bolton Wanderers.
    Sammy Lee. Bolton Wanderers. …
    Chris Hutchings. Bradford City. …
    Slavisa Jokanovic. Fulham. …
    Billy Davies. Club: Derby County. …
    Steve Wigley. Club: Southampton
    Mick McCarthy Sunlun….
    Terry Connor Wolves…….
    Frank de Boer C Palace
    Paul Jewell Derby County

  • Mindshaft

    Dec 27, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Jib, you been on the sangria non stop last few days … Looking back over last couple of days posts you’re comments have been even more random than usual !!

  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 27, 2019 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Jib; Toon 22’s fact is based on managers who have been involved in over 300 Premier League matches. Some of those on your list will have less than 30, hardly a massive sample size.

  • Jib

    Dec 27, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #20

    A lot of my posts probably go over your head ‘cos you are a thick f**cker

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Tsunki you are such a hectoring tool and the blog was nicer and calmer when you were off it for a couple of days. The Frog is talking out of his bum and the context of the conversation was that nufc fans are not Mags, which is palpable nonsense. Suggest you tell the magazine editor, and the fans who stood beside me and sang “we are the mags”, and the guys who designed the terrace flag, that they all got it wrong.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #22

    In addition tsunki its clear that 22 doesn’t know the area, doesn’t know any songs (as I tested) and doesn’t seem to go to St James.

  • geordietom

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #23


    Dec 27, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #23
    So geordietom is a mackem. According to his own admission. No problem Tom, my best mate at school was a mackem.

    bill not once have i said i’m a mackem ( born and bred in north shields ) . i really think you you have insulted me TAKE IT BACK or i’ll get the BLOG POLICE on to you …

    😀 😀 😀

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #24

    But a primadonna like you gives him credit because he repeats the same sayings 100 times a week. What a dose you are.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #25

    The BS always reaches a crescendo after a defeat and I’ve selected this nonsense from Tsunki as typical…

    If yesterday’s game was seen by Bruce as unwinnable, why would he think everton was winnable? If it was a game we couldn’t win, Bruce would have set us up more defensively and not rushing forward for a goal. We would have dug deep and had the lone forward backing into defenders and jostling them for the long ball. No, Bruce tried to go for it with what he had and we were duly punished.

    What actually happened…

    It’s rubbish to even suggest Bruce thought the game was unwinnable, playing two up front proves that.

    And… we were the better team and 1-0 up until Dubs and Schar’s howlers.

    We weren’t ‘going for it’ ie., bombing all forward… we were playing our normal game of trying to stay compact and hitting teams on the break.

    I don’t even think the third goal was the killer, had we been able to get one back in the second half I would have still half fancied our chances of getting a draw.

    Sean’s howler was the killer.

    But, even then, with Pogba on and 4-1 down we didn’t stop battling – NUFC teams of the past would have folded and shipped another three or four.

    I’m not beginning to suggest we played well, we didn’t, but as others have said no manager can be blamed for three howlers by three different players in one game.

    This lark of Bruce is a lucky manager when we win and a rubbish one when we get beat is the tack taken by saddo’s who just cannot stomach the fact that their pre-season predictions of ‘bottom by Xmas are wrong.

    What is even more saddo is that they can’t wait for us to be in the bottom three so they can shout ‘told you so’.


    My ar$e.

  • Mindshaft

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Must have taken an intellectual like you a long time to think of that reply


    Dec 27, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #20
    A lot of my posts probably go over your head ‘cos you are a thick f**cker

  • geordietom

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #27

    EGB …

    i was told this from being a kid MACK’EM AND TACK’EM . the made them then took them ( stole from the ships )…

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #28

    And now because we lose to man u Bruce gets hung by a gobby prat like Tsunki. Because he had a cut off them. If he doesn’t do that he lacks bravery or belief in his team, or whatever. Thankfully he has more football knowledge in his left testicle that tsunki has in his head.

  • Mindshaft

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #29

    We were doing quite well up until their goal, once Man U scored we were second best all over the pitch, the goal gave them confidence and got the crowd behind them… for some reason we just fell apart

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #30


    Tsunki is so far up his own back end that the more BS he spouts the further up he goes.

    He’s like the smart ar$ed teenager who is never wrong…

    But 9 times out of 10…

    He is.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #31

    Billson can you stick around please because there’s a limit to the numbers of times I want to correct Tarquin. Anyway, if we had got a draw playing hugely defensive football, tsunki and the other conscientious absentees would have derided SB for parking the bus. Benitez was considered a genius on here for that.

  • geordietom

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #32

    we all agree 3 mistakes cost us the game , no manager can plan for that, human error thats what it was not bad coaching . we lost move on ffs …

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Billson when rafa”s same players played badly, the line was ‘do u think rafa asked them to pass the ball badly”. One rule for some. Wait till we end up near relegation. The man will be touting his mackem colours avatar and revelling in his genius 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Tom we looked like a defence who fancied themselves to play out when we can’t under pressure. We can pass long but we don’t look ready to short pass our way out when faced with a good press.

  • geordietom

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #35

    munster …

    first 20 minutes we done ok . the 3 mistakes knock the stuffing out of us . we can play it out from the back done in the past yesterday was just one of those day . yes it hurt but i’ve moved on mate .

  • geordietom

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #36

    those days*

  • Jib

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #37

    I hope Bruce now realises that playing Joelinton as a hold-up lone striker
    is a waste of a good wide playing front man.
    Clearly early doors SB had little choice, and fair play to the Brazilian for giving it a go.
    Now , with AC up to speed I would try
    (assuming Manquillo Willems and Dummett are unfit)

    Yedlin Schar Fernandez Lejeune Clark
    Hayden Shelvey
    Joelinton Carroll

  • beefman13

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #38

    Obviously our goal is to get to safety we all kn ow that, no more ambition than that, that’s what it is all about, such a sad state of affairs, defend defend defend, odd break away 28 per cent possession, I get virtually zero enjoyment from my club on every aspect.

  • Mindshaft

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Let’s see what tomorrow brings – a win and we can just put yesterdays result down as a blip…

    Still surprised that Matty L can agree pre-contract in Jan with european clubs and leave for a minimal sum next summer… wouldn’t be surprised if both he and Sean left given that the club seem to be messing around and notoriously slow with contracts, Ki, Fernandez, Manquillo, Elliot, Darlow, Matty Longstaff will likely all be off in the summer along with Willems ( presuming he gets a better offer elsewhere)

  • hibbit

    Dec 27, 2019 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #40

    Re the MACK’EM AND TACK’EM discussion.

    MACK’EM AND TACK’EM was connected to the shipbuilding days of ww1&2 when the Wearsiders would “mack em” (make them) before the Tynesiders would “tack em” (take them) the hulls were towed to the tyne to be fitted out with engines .
    “We mackem and ye tackem”


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