Newcastle United supporters have been reasonably satisfied in recent times after seeing their side pick up their second point of the Premier League season on Saturday.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their encounter with Crystal Palace having lost four of their opening five league games, with their 0-0 draw at Cardiff City last month all Magpies fans have had to cheer about so far. And the North East giants made it two stalemates for the season at Selhurst Park on Saturday to double their points’ tally, although it wasn’t enough to move them out of the Premier League’s bottom three.
Nonetheless, there are some satisfied Newcastle fans up and down the country at present, although many have taken to Twitter to criticise the club’s reported January pursuit of goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos.
And with the Magpies having four senior shot-stoppers already on the books at St James’ Park, those Newcastle fans slating that decision are so right, as the reported pursuit of the Benfica goalkeeper is absolutely nonsensical.
Ultimately, it was clear for much of last season that manager Benitez wasn’t overly satisfied with goalkeepers Rob Eliott and Karl Darlow, given he swapped the duo throughout the first half of the campaign leading up to the January transfer window.
And in luring Martin Dubravka to the club on loan during the winter market, who has since signed permanently with the North East giants, the Spaniard had seemingly got the goalkeeper he wanted, as well as relatively accomplished back-ups in the form of messrs Eliott and Darlow.
Add in England Under-20 World Cup hero Freddie Woodman, who many feel has a very bright future in the game, and the Magpies are very well-stocked in that department, especially given Elliot, Darlow, and indeed Woodman remain on the books at St James’ Park.
As such, going after another goalkeeper, even one as talented as Vlachodimos, seems nonsensical, as the Magpies are already well catered for in that area of the field, and would probably be better served targeting other flagging departments in the squad.
Dubravka has more than proven his worth to suggest that he is the undisputed number one, and while Eliott and Darlow didn’t hugely convince last term, they have both shown to be accomplished in the top-flight – clearly, Newcastle don’t need another goalkeeper.
Thus, those Magpies supporters criticising the club’s decision to go after Vlachodimos are so right to do so, as a pursuit of the 24-year-old shot-stopper makes absolutely no sense at all.
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