Newcastle United supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team edge past fellow Premier League strugglers Huddersfield Town 1-0 on Saturday to move up to 12th place in the division.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their encounter with the Yorkshire outfit having won two and drawn three of their previous six league games, a run which moved them four points clear of danger prior to kick-off. And the North East giants put further distance between themselves and danger on Saturday as an Ayoze Perez effort ten minutes from the end was enough to seal all three points for the Magpies, thus moving them seven points clear of the bottom three with just seven games to go.
As such, there have been many thrilled Newcastle fans in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom are increasingly confident that their team will indeed avoid the drop this season, with a win or two from their final seven matches likely to be enough to preserve their top-flight status.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Magpies supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Udinese are monitoring Martin Dubravka’s form for the North East giants ahead of a possible move this summer.
Newcastle do have the ‘first option’ of a purchase come the end of the campaign, and it’s something they must seek to complete as securing an agreement with the 29-year-old is the best piece of business they can do this summer.
Ultimately, the Magpies were somewhat struggling in the goalkeeping department in the first half of the season with both Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow deputising between the sticks, neither of whom overly convinced to underline that reinforcements were needed during the January window.
And while Dubravka wasn’t necessarily the name many Newcastle fans had on their lips, the Slovakia international has certainly proven his worth with three clean sheets and just four goals shipped in five Premier League starts for the Magpies.
His efforts in their magnificent 1-0 success over Manchester United back in February were particularly impressive, especially given it was his debut for the North East giants, to the point that it stimulated talk of a permanent deal in the summer for the 29-year-old.
And that’s a deal they simply have to get done, as the Slovakian star has proven his ability in the Premier League in the last few weeks, and looks very much like nailing down the number one jersey at St James’ Park for many years.
He’s clearly better than messrs Elliot and Darlow both in terms of shot-stopping, authority in his box, and indeed with the ball at his feet, and as such would provide Newcastle with exactly the sort of confidence and stability needed from a goalkeeper at Premier League level.
As such, securing an agreement with the 29-year-old over a permanent deal is the biggest deal the Magpies hierarchy can do this summer.
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