Martin Dubravka has proved a massive hit with Newcastle fans already.
In his eight games so far, the team have a record of five wins, one draw, and two defeats.
That is 16 points from a possible 24, before he took over in goal the team managed only 25 points from a possible 78.
Nowhere has the improvement been seen more than in the home games.
A desperate season at St James Park saw Newcastle win only three of the first 13 matches, scoring only 11 goals and conceding 15, that is not entertainment.
Newcastle fans hadn’t seen a Premier League home victory for four months, only for Martin Dubravka come in and with a man of the match performance on his debut, help to beat Man Utd 1-0.
Since the loan keeper came in, Newcastle have won all four home matches and conceded only one goal at St James Park.
I’m not a fan of fantasy football (apart from the kind played by Kevin Keegan’s team in the 90s…) but some interesting stats have come out of an article on the official Premier League website. They have a columnist called ‘The Scout’, who tips which players fans should put in their fantasy football teams.
He has put forward Martin Dubravka as a great choice and comes up with a couple of great stats as to why.
Apart from conceding only one goal at St James Park in over six hours of Premier League football, Dubravka has actually had to face only eight efforts on target in these four Newcastle home games, in the same period only Man City’s defence have done better, with their keeper facing only seven shots on target in their last four home matches.
So basically, Martin Dubravka has been excellent since he arrived, but so also have the defence in front of him!
Premier League Official Website:
The Scout is selecting five Fantasy Premier League players set to make an impact in Gameweek 36.
Martin Dubravka (NEW) £4.5m
The goalkeeper can solve a problem position for FPL managers.
Dubravka is one of only two goalkeepers available for £4.5m or less who has both a strong Gameweek 36 fixture and two matches in Gameweek 37.
The other is Alex McCarthy (£4.4m) of Southampton.
The value that Dubravka offers could be vital when preparing a squad for that Double Gameweek, when the Magpies are one of 12 teams with two fixtures.
Since arriving on loan from Sparta Prague in January, the Slovak has been a key performer for manager Rafa Benitez.
In his four home matches, Dubravka has conceded only once and kept three clean sheets.
He has been behind a defence who have have allowed only eight shots on target over that period. Only Manchester City, with seven, have conceded fewer over their last four home matches.
The Baggies have improved under caretaker manager Darren Moore, taking five points from three matches.
But no team have scored fewer than their nine goals in away matches, handing Dubravka the ideal opportunity to produce yet another shutout.
He can also be a key target for those managers plotting to use their Bench Boost chip in Gameweek 37, when Dubravka travels to both Watford and Tottenham Hotspur.