It has been revealed that Martin Dubravka is the North East player of the year.
The 2018 award seeing the NUFC goalkeeper selected by football writers in the north east.
Journalist Graeme Bailey announcing who the winner was (see below) via his Twitter account.
He also revealed that Sunderland’s Josh Maja wins the 2018 young player award.
Bailey saying he had voted for Jamaal Lascelles and not Martin Dubravka.
With it not being for a single full season, the award is open to various interpretations.
If the award was for the entire 2017/18 season then Lascelles should have been the clear winner.
However, if we are looking at the second half of last season and the first half of this one, then for me it would definitely be Martin Dubravka.
The keeper played 12 times on loan and was superb, starting with that February 2018 clean sheet and win v Manchester United.
After completing a permanent move in the summer, Martin Dubravka has once again been clear best for Newcastle. He has played another 20 Premier League matches in 2018 and undoubtedly been a key figure in the 18 points NUFC have picked up.
Ironic that just ahead of this 2018 award announcement, Dubravka started 2019 with that error that gifted Man Utd the opening goal.
“Martin Dubravka is the North East Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year for 2018.
“Sunderland striker Josh Maja is the Young Player of the Year.
“I voted for Jamaal Lascelles and Adama Traore – beggars belief how Traore didn’t win…”