Jamie Carragher of Sky Sports has today paid tribute to one of our best players and one of the best buys Newcastle have ever made – our goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
We paid just £4M for him from Sparta Prague in the summer of 2018, after he had been on loan at Newcastle since January of that year and was in outstanding form.
His first game for Newcastle was the 1-0 home win against the Red Devils, and we saw the Slovakian International play an excellent match on his debut with some crucial saves.
Martin injured his knee in our final game played last month – the 1-0 win at Southampton,
But when and if the Premier League continues, he will be fit, and he has played every minute of this Premier League season so far and has probably been our best player.
We need only two wins in our last 9 games to be safe this season, and maybe we can do a lot better than that?
The many great saves the 31-year-old Slovakian (shown above) has made has meant points on the board for the team.
And it’s refreshing that we have signed Martin to a new deal through the summer of 2025.
This is what Jamie Carragher said on Sky Sports as reported in the Chronicle today:
“I think the Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is probably as big of an influence on their team as any goalkeeper.”
“I’m not saying he’s the second or third best goalkeeper in the Premier League, but I think in terms of where you see Newcastle in the table, I think a lot of that is to do with the goalkeeper.”
“He’s right up near the top of the list and he plays a big role in the fact Newcastle aren’t embroiled in a relegation fight.”
Martin is currently rehabilitating with the help of his girlfriend Lucia and his dog Shay.
He will be ready to go whenever the Premier League is ready to start up again.
That’s good news for Newcastle fans.
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