The Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern have been extremely impressed by the performances of Martin Dubravka since he arrived from Sparta Prague in the January transfer window, but they are concerned that he may not represent a long-term solution to their goalkeeping issues.
Very little was known about Dubravka when he signed for The Magpies on deadline day in the mid-season window, but after just 4 matches he has already established himself as a firm-favourite amongst supporters following a string of impressive performances. Prior to Dubravka’s arrival, Rafa Benitez seemed unable to decide on who his number one ‘keeper was.
Both Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow were handed opportunities to impress in the first-team, but neither keeper was able to convince either Benitez or the supporters that they were good enough to retain a starting berth. Based on his performances so far, it appears that Dubravka has solved that dilemma for the club, but he is only at the club on a short-term loan deal, so it’s likely that Benitez will need to consider his options once again this summer.
If Newcastle are able to sign Dubravka on a permanent deal, then it is certainly one they should consider making, however, they must consider the possibility that they may not be able to complete a deal for various reasons. If that proves to be the case, then Newcastle should instead focus their efforts on bringing Tottenham Hotspur’s back-up goalkeeper Michel Vorm (valued at £2.25 million by Transfermarkt) to the club to solve their goalkeeping crisis.
Michel Vorm established himself as a top Premier League goalkeeper during his stint with Swansea City, and he deservedly earned a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2014. But since making the switch to North London, Vorm has found his first-team opportunities extremely limited with Hugo Lloris firmly ahead of him in the pecking order.
Considering Vorm’s quality, he must be extremely frustrated at his lack of opportunities at the club, and unless Lloris is ruled out with an unfortunate long-term injury, his situation is unlikely to change at any point. With that being considered, a transfer which saw Vorm move from Tottenham to Newcastle would be a beneficial one for all parties concerned, so Benitez would be foolish not to do everything in his power to sign him this summer.