Martin Dubravka is a target for Juventus according to a transfer window story currently doing the rounds.
I have no doubts he could play regularly at a Champions League competing club but the Newcastle United goalkeeper is going nowhere at the minute.
Martin Dubravka turns 30 on Tuesday and after a career playing in the Danish, Czech Republic and Slovakian leagues, he is not going to give up playing first choice in the Premier League to be a number two in Serie A, even if the story had some substance.
Plus, even Mike Ashley (probably.,,) wouldn’t be stupid enough to sell the keeper at this point, as it would be basically buying a first class one way ticket to the Championship in May.
You know you have a very good goalkeeper when you rarely think about him, this is summed up by the fact that when he made that error against Man Utd we were all so shocked.
These are the current stats for clean sheets in the Premier League:
As you can see, Martin Dubravka is quite amazingly sixth in the list.
His six clean sheets represent six of the 10 matches where Newcastle United have avoided defeat this season. A team that has so few (15) goals in them (only Huddersfield have scored less) is massively reliant on the goalkeeper, and his defence, for any points.
When you add on Dubravka’s four clean sheets in 12 PL games last season, it means 10 clean sheets in 33 Premier League matches in total. Quite astonishing when playing for such a poor team.
I think that without Martin Dubravka this season so far, Newcastle would definitely be in the bottom three now and pushing Huddersfield for rock bottom.
That is how important he is.
Despite such a laughable lack of investment in the squad, the keeper has helped ensure that only three clubs outside the top four, have conceded less goals than Newcastle.
This season, Newcastle United have leaked 29 goals in 21 matches and when you include 11 in 12 matches last season, it means his current record is 40 goals conceded in 33 Premier League matches.
In 2015/16 Leicester won the PL title conceding 36 goals in 38 matches, whilst the following season Chelsea conceded 33, for Martin Dubravka to have stepped up to the Premier League with such a poor team and conceded only 40 in 33, it is more than impressive.
He is one of the very few quality players that Newcastle have now got and one of those that potentially Rafa Benitez could build a side around, if given the chance.
If nothing changes with the running/ownership of the club then I have no doubt neither Martin Dubravka or the manager will be here in August and to be honest, I wouldn’t blame them.