This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
When Newcastle United signed Martin Dubravka on an initial loan deal just a couple of years ago, he was a relatively unknown name having come from Czech football. Fast forward to now, and the goalkeeper has established himself as the number one choice at St. James’ Park.
Dubravka joined for an initial loan fee of just £1.8 million, but given his impressive performances, the Magpies decided to make the deal permanent and thus forked out another £3.6 million to Sparta Praha in the same year, making his purchase cost a grand total of £5.4 million, according to Transfermarkt.
Rafa Benitez lauded the 31-year old when he joined, expressing that he was ‘delighted’ to sign him on a permanent deal and claiming that he had showed ‘a fantastic attitude and great work ethic’, as per the Tyneside club’s official website.
The Spanish manager added that he was ‘very impressed’ with Dubravka’s performances on the pitch the season before he joined. Indeed, the Slovakian international made 12 Premier League appearances in the 2017/18 campaign, conceding just 11 goals and keeping four clean sheets, as per Transfermarkt.
Last term, Dubravka truly established himself as first choice at the Toon, playing in every Premier League game, keeping 11 clean sheets and conceding 48 times (via Transfermarkt).
Has Dubravka justified his price tag?
This saw his market value rise from £2.7 million to a peak £6.3 million by the end of the season, more than what NUFC paid for him. At that time, he also emerged as a transfer target for Paris Saint Germain, a team with high ambitions in Champions League football, however he remained at St. James’ Park.
This term has seen the keeper’s market value drop to £4.95 million as of April last month, but this is likely due to the financial crisis facing the footballing world as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
Dubravka has played in 30 matches in all competitions so far, keeping nine clean sheets and letting in 42 strikes (per Transfermarkt).
He has impressed so much that some fans have chosen him as their player of the year.
Overall, Dubravka has more than justified his price tag with his performances in the past few years.
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