The Newcastle United supporters have been in fine spirits in the Transfer Tavern of late due to their side’s brilliant form in the Premier League which has seen them move clear of the relegation zone and breach the 40-point mark.
Rafa Benitez’s side have been in thoroughly excellent form in recent months, particularly after the January transfer window in which they signed Kenedy, Martin Dubravka and Islam Slimani on temporary loan deals. Both Kenedy and Dubravka’s performances have played an instrumental role in enabling the club to secure the points needed for survival and, as such, the resident Magpies faithful propping up our bar are desperately hoping the club will be able to complete permanent deals for the aforementioned pair.
The calming influence of Dubravka between the sticks has solved the goalkeeping problem which troubled Benitez throughout the first-half of the season, but the fact he is only at the club on a short-term deal is a genuine cause of concern for the club. The quality of Dubtravka’s performances will certainly encourage the Magpies hierarchy to pursue a permanent deal for the Slovakian international once he returns to Sparta Prague at the end of the current campaign.
However, it’s important that Newcastle do not place all their eggs in one basket with regards to Dubravka, as either he, or is parent club may have reservations about a permanent transfer to Tyneside and that’s not even considering that rival interest could emerge from clubs across Europe. With that in mind, Newcastle should add Joe Hart (valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt) to their shortlist of goalkeepers to pursue this summer.
Hart’s reputation has suffered in recent years due to his lack of consistency at the top level where he has made a handful of high-profile mistakes, but that should not deter Newcastle’s interest. The 30-year-old goalkeeper has proven in the past that he has the potential to become one of the best goalkeepers in world football, especially during his early days at Manchester City.
His performances in recent years haven’t reflected that, but every player goes through phases of underachieving during their career. Hart will return to City at the end of the season and find himself behind both Ederson and Claudio Bravo in the pecking order, so there’s no doubt both club and player will be open to the idea of a summer transfer.
Signing Hart would undoubtedly be a risk considering his consistently inconsistent form in recent years, but there’s no doubt he possesses raw ability in abundance, so Newcastle should consider making a move for his services if Dubravka is unavailable.
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