Alan Shearer backs ‘Fantastic Buy’ Martin Dubravka
Sunday saw Alan Shearer pick up the award for North East Personality of The Year for 2018.
The presentation was made at the North East Football Writers yearly awards and this particularly award made in association with the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
In advance of the award being given, George Caulkin of The Times spelled out why:
“We are recognising Alan’s important contribution off the field, from his own Foundation, his work with many other charities and his recent documentary about football and dementia. Alan’s testimonial in 2006 raised £1.64m for good causes.”
Last night also saw Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka named North East Football Writers’ Player of the Year for 2018.
Alan Shearer talking to Sky Sports about Martin Dubravka picking up the award:
“The last couple of games he [Martin Dubravka] has had a tough time, with the mistake at Wolves, and at Wembley against Spurs.
“But, in general, he has been a fantastic buy, when you look at the fees that have been paid out for some players.
“His handling, for the main part, has been superb.
“If he can get over the mistakes that have happened in the last couple of games, then great, but, in the main, I think he has been a super buy.
“I don’t know him personally but what I see on the pitch is that he seems to be a good character, not afraid to make mistakes.
“He made a couple, as all players do, but it is how you recover from that and he will learn from those mistakes.”
Martin Dubravka has been first choice since he arrived, making his debut a year and a week ago, 11 February 2018 against Man Utd, he has been consistently excellent.
Taking games only in 2018, the keeper played 32 Premier League matches and conceded 38 goals, pretty phenomenal when playing for a team constantly battling relegation during that time.
In his entire time at Newcastle, Dubravka has now played 38 PL games and only conceded 45 goals in total.
This is how the bottom six of the Premier League looks in terms of goals conceded this season (2018/19) so far:
27 points Burnley (47 goals conceded)
25 points Newcastle United (34 goals conceded)
25 points Cardiff (47 goals conceded)
24 points Southampton (44 goals conceded)
17 points Fulham (58 goals conceded)
11 points Huddersfield (48 goals conceded)
Only five clubs in the entire Premier League have conceded less goals than Newcastle/Martin Dubravka this season.
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