Arguably Newcastle’s two best players in the recent good run of form, both Kenedy and Martin Dubravka have proved excellent loan signings by Rafa Benitez.
With yet another January transfer window where Mike Ashley refused to allow any players to be bought in, the Newcastle Manager was forced to look at short-term options in order to try and avoid relegation.
Meanwhile, pretty much every other relegation rival saw the owners back their managers with cash for permanent signings, this included fellow promoted sides Huddersfield and Brighton who once again made significant investment in this last window.
There is no permanent option on Kenedy but with Martin Dubravka there is, if Newcastle sign the keeper long-term in the summer, then a fee of £4m is the reported figure agreed.
However, for any permanent deal to be sealed, the player himself will of course have to agree to it as well.
After playing all of his club football in the weak Slovakian, Danish and Czech leagues, it was a no-brainer for Martin Dubravka to move to Newcastle and the Premier League in January.
The 29 year old though has now said that he is waiting to see what division NUFC are in next season, before he will make any decision on his future.
“Everything depends mainly on how the team finishes in the top flight…or whether we stay in it.
It will affect my future at the club.”
To sum up just how well he has done so far, just look at the stats below.
Each match we ask the fans for their player ratings and the stats below show how the supporters believes each Newcastle player has performed in 2018.
This takes in over the course of the last 9 Premier League games in January, February and March, including all of Martin Dubravka’s matches.
A fee of £4m looks an absolute bargain at the minute for Dubravka, he may be 29 but that is nothing for a goalkeeper, many of them peaking when in their thirties.
The average player rating given by fans over the course of the nine games is before the name, then the number of matches they have started follows each name.
(We have only included ratings for the games players have started, as substitute appearance marks often don’t give a viable rating, due to short length of time on the pitch.)
7.6 Martin Dubravka (4)
7.3 Florian Lejeune (4)
7.1 Paul Dummett (7)
7.0 Jamaal Lascelles (9)
6.8 Mohamed Diame (9)
6.7 Kenedy (6)
6.7 Karl Darlow (5)
6.5 Jacob Murphy (3)
6.2 Matt Ritchie (6)
6.2 Isaac Hayden (1)
6.1 DeAndre Yedlin (8)
6.0 Ciaran Clark (5)
5.8 Ayoze Perez (7)
5.7 Javier Manquillo (2)
5.4 Dwight Gayle (6)
5.2 Mikel Merino (2)
4.9 Christian Atsu (6)
3.7 Joselu (2)