Paul Robinson has hailed Martin Dubravka for changing Newcastle United’s fortunes in goal and compared the Slovakian’s impact to that of Liverpool’s Alisson Becker as he transformed the Anfield outfit for the better.
Robinson feels Newcastle had longed for a top-draw shot-stopper after Tim Krul left St. James’ Park, with the Magpies shifting between Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot before plucking Dubravka from Sparta Prague in 2018 on an initial loan deal.
Newcastle wasted no time in agreeing permanent terms with the Czech Republic outfit, and Dubravka has maintained his 100% Premier League appearance record since making his English top-flight debut against Manchester United after watching Darlow tested against Crystal Palace (TransferMarkt).
Dubravka’s most recent performance between the sticks has left Robinson in total awe of his talents, after the 22-cap international kept Chelsea to one goal despite eight of the Blues’ 16 shots finding the target on Saturday (WhoScored).
“I think he has been a huge signing for Newcastle as he has transformed the team,” Robinson told Football Insider. “They needed a top-quality ‘keeper and I think the way he has performed on Saturday was outstanding, and while he’s not on the same level, I think he has had a similar impact on Newcastle to what Alisson has had on Liverpool.
“I think Newcastle, since Tim Krul left, have needed a top, top goalkeeper as they had a real problem there. They brought Dubravka in on loan with a view to a permanent and they quickly made the deal permanent as his quality was easy to see and he showed that [again on] Saturday for Newcastle.”
While some Newcastle fans felt Dubravka could have done more to prevent Marcos Alonso from scoring the winning goal for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, Dubravka withstood much of the Blues’ pressure and rightly deserves the praise offered by Robinson.
The 30-year-old pulled off six saves, per WhoScored data, and collected possession twice while parrying danger on three occasions.
This was by far not the first time Newcastle have needed Dubravka in a big way – with the Slovakian making three saves and three parries against Watford, five saves and four parries at Liverpool and three saves against Manchester United – and is unlikely to be the last.
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