New published Premier League statistics back up outstanding Martin Dubravka form
Martin Dubravka quickly became Mr Reliable when he arrived at St James Park.
Stepping up to a major European league for the first time at the mature age of 29, he excelled from the off when making his debut at home to Manchester United with Newcastle deep in relegation trouble.
Martin Dubravka kept a clean sheet and was man of the match as NUFC beat the Mancs 1-0 in February 2018.
He has never looked back and last night started his 65th Premier League match in a row for Newcastle United.
The keeper only conceded 11 goals in 12 Premier League matches in 2017/18, only two clubs outside the top four conceded less than Newcastle that season.
Seamlessly moving into 2018/19, Martin Dubravka made it 50 Premier League appearances in a row.
The NUFC keeper conceding only 48 goals in 38 games despite it being yet another relegation fight. Once again only two clubs outside the top four conceded less goals than Newcastle.
Fast forward to 2019/20 and goals have been conceded at a faster rate by Martin Dubravka, with 22 in 15 PL games so far.
His average goals per game conceded for Newcastle being:
2017/18: 0.91 goals per game
2018/19: 1.26 goals per game
2019/20: 1.47 goals per game
An overall NUFC record of 81 conceded in 65 PL matches, an average of 1.25 goals per game.
What is the true story of this season though.
Here are some extra helpful statistics to give a more complete picture.
New updated stats from The Other 14 on number of saves and save percentages this season:
As you can see, out of the 14 non-big six clubs, only one goalkeeper has saved more shots than the massive 57 Martin Dubravka has contributed.
Steve Bruce’s very negative tactics inviting the opposition to attack and inevitably have more chances.
In terms of save percentage, Martin Dubravka is one of only five to save more than 70% of shots on target they have faced.
Interesting to see our old friend Jordan Pickford struggling so badly, the England(!!!) keeper saving only 56% of shots on target.
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