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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