The Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern have been impressed by the performances of their new goalkeeper Martin Dubravka since he signed from Sparta Prague on January deadline day this season, but recent suggestions have given them reason to believe an upgrade is on the horizon.
The goalkeeping situation at Newcastle United has been far from straightforward this season. Rafa Benitez rotated between Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow during the first-half of the season, but neither keeper managed to convince the Spaniard that he can trust them between the sticks. As such, Benitez decided to bring Dubravka to St Jame’s Park on loan in the mid-season window.
Since his arrival, Dubravka has rather continued the trend of unpredictability which seems to characterise Newcastle goalkeepers. The 8-time capped Slovakian international was in heroic form throughout his debut in The Magpies priceless victory over Manchester United last month, but he was far from convincing against Liverpool and Bournemouth in the clubs subsequent outings.
Despite this, plenty of the resident Magpies propping up our bar have called for their club to turn Dubravka’s loan move into a permanent one next summer. However, according to The Chronicle, the club are marked as favourites amongst some bookmakers to land on a goalkeeper who holds a hugely prestigious reputation in European football, namely Iker Casillas (valued at 900k by Transfermarkt).
Casillas is currently plying his trade in Liga Nos for FC Porto where he has made just 11 starts for the club this season due to competition from Jose Sa. The 36-year-old is set to become a free agent when his contract expires this summer, so Newcastle should certainly be entertaining the possibility of signing him on a bargain free transfer in the summer.
Not only would Casillas bring a wealth of experience and quality to the club, his arrival would act as something of a coup for Newcastle and encourage other quality players to consider a move to the north-east. It’s more than likely that clubs will be queuing up to secure Casillas’ signature in the summer considering his obvious appeal, but Newcastle must beat their competition to his signature to begin the process of ushering in a new era of a talent at St James’ Park.