Newcastle United supporters have been reasonably satisfied in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side earn a decent point away at Crystal Palace on Sunday, thus edging a point closer to Premier League safety.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash with the Eagles off the back of drawing 1-1 at home to Burnley in midweek, thus extending their winless league run to three matches dating back to their narrow success over Stoke City on January 1. And that streak continued on Sunday as although they took the lead at Selhurst Park through midfielder Mo Diame, the hosts hit back just ten minutes into the second half through Luka Milivojevic’s penalty, thus clinching a point for Roy Hodgson’s side to keep them two points clear of Newcastle in the Premier League table.
Subsequently, there have been many satisfied Magpies fans in the Tavern in recent times, and they are likely to be further intrigued by a recent report from The Newcastle Chronicle, which details a reason as to why Benitez made a move for goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in January.
The 29-year-old shot-stopper made a temporary switch to St James’ Park on deadline day last month to bolster the goalkeeping ranks at the North East giants, with neither Karl Darlow nor Rob Elliot seemingly doing enough over the course of the season to convince Benitez of their capabilities.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss has seemingly been on the lookout for a goalkeeper for a while, yet recent reports suggest that one reason he signed Dubravka from Sparta Prague was because of his ability to use his feet, specifically to ‘start attacks’.
And this news is sure to intrigue our resident Newcastle fans, who could see the 29-year-old make his Toon debut against second place Manchester United at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Landlord’s verdict: Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has been on the lookout for a goalkeeper for a while now, arguably ever since the Magpies were promoted back to the Premier League.
And he finally landed one in January in the form of Martin Dubravka, who joined the club on loan from Sparta Prague for the rest of the season, with an option to buy the Slovakia international in the summer.
And recent reports detail one reason for Benitez singling out Dubravka, namely his ability to use his feet and ‘start attacks’, which is of course becoming an increasingly prominent part of a goalkeeper’s game in the modern day.
And our resident Newcastle fans may see that in action at St James’ Park on Sunday should the 29-year-old make his debut against Manchester United.
Newcastle fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!