Newcastle star picked out as one of 11 best ‘Genuine Bargains’ of Summer transfer window
The Summer transfer window that just ended, wasn’t the best of experiences for the Newcastle United fanbase.
Yet again, fans had to watch on as Rafa Benitez made clear that Mike Ashley had let him down.
Both when it came to the amount of money that was available (a £20m+ profit!) and a failure to move for the first choice early targets that had been set up by the manager.
However, one signing that Newcastle fans could all agree as a positive, was Martin Dubravka.
Even Mike Ashley knew it would be a really bad move to sabotage this particular deal.
The 29 year old Slovakian keeper was outstanding in his loan spell last season and with a previously agreed £4m buyout price, it was a massive no-brainer to get the deal done.
However, the buyout price only lasted until the end of May 2018 and with 24 hours to go until that ran out, the deal was at last done.
With Chelsea paying out £71m for their new keeper we are living in crazy times and for £4m Rafa and the fans have an excellent keeper, whilst Mike Ashley has an asset who must surely be worth at least £10m-£15m, even before he started a game this season.
Against Tottenham, Martin Dubravka made a couple of outstanding saves and could do nothing about the two goals as his defence went AWOL.
Newcastle fans once again counting on the keeper being a vital cog this season, if NUFC are going to be OK.
Nice to see one of our players getting wider recognition, with FourFourTwo magazine including Dubravka in a list of the ’11 Premier League summer signings that look like genuine bargains’, here’s what they had to say about him:
Martin Dubravka, Sparta Prague to Newcastle (£4m)
‘The mid-season loan signing of Dubravka from Sparta Prague was a key reason for Newcastle’s ascent up the table in the second half of 2017/18.
‘A clear upgrade on both Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow, the Slovakian shot-stopper turned in a series of superb showings as Rafael Benitez’s side secured an improbable top-half finish following promotion the year before.
‘With sharp reflexes and an imposing frame, Dubravka is so comfortable with the ball at his feet that he sometimes plays outfield in training.
‘It was no surprise to see Newcastle exercise a clause in his loan deal to make the transfer permanent this summer, particularly as it cost them just £4m to do so.’
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