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« Reply #1725 on: Tuesday 11 February 2020, 08:17:51 PM »
Can see him going to Chelsea in the summer
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« Reply #1726 on: Tuesday 11 February 2020, 10:27:08 PM »
He’ll go somewhere and Woodman will be number 1.
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« Reply #1727 on: Tuesday 11 February 2020, 10:35:33 PM »
He’ll go somewhere and Woodman will be number 1.

Everton maybe, if Carlo is gonna be ruthless.
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Or i'll drag you to your grave
I'm deep inside your children
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« Reply #1728 on: Wednesday 12 February 2020, 08:50:53 AM »
Two years ago today!

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Too bad he cost us as many points as he earned us in that debut.

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« Reply #1729 on: Wednesday 12 February 2020, 09:51:02 AM »
The stick he gets over his mistakes is pathetic like. Would have been like criticising Shearer for missing a few penalties a season for us when he got over 20 league goals.
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« Reply #1730 on: Wednesday 12 February 2020, 10:03:31 AM »
Yeap, easily the best GK we've had since Given imo.  Also in someways he's better than Given.

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« Reply #1731 on: Wednesday 12 February 2020, 10:15:33 AM »
The stick he gets over his mistakes is pathetic like. Would have been like criticising Shearer for missing a few penalties a season for us when he got over 20 league goals.

Yep agreed. Been a class signing for us. Think of the value. He's easily worth £20-25M in this market.

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« Reply #1732 on: Wednesday 12 February 2020, 10:16:23 AM »
People forget how s*** Darlow/Elliot really are.
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« Reply #1733 on: Wednesday 12 February 2020, 10:21:27 AM »
Aye. I remember at the time seeing people questioning why we were looking for a keeper. We had two Championship keepers at the time, we went to a top 10 standard keeper overnight. Was the most important signing we made that year.
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« Reply #1734 on: Wednesday 12 February 2020, 10:22:34 AM »
We are a defensive side. Without Dubs we'd be f***ed really. He has to make more saves than other keeper.

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« Reply #1735 on: Wednesday 12 February 2020, 01:08:32 PM »
Sell him and next season's relegationometer starts on 9.

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« Reply #1736 on: Wednesday 12 February 2020, 02:44:14 PM »
Can see him going to Chelsea in the summer

Garth Crooks said that was a no-brainer move for Chelsea last week.

He's far too good for us under the helmet of an owner and clueless manager!

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« Reply #1737 on: Wednesday 12 February 2020, 02:58:07 PM »
Would be a cracking atmosphere on his return to SJP with Champions League qualifiers Chelsea.

It only really made sense to boo Perez when he had the ball but with Dubs standing still most of the game, the Gallowgate End could really boo the s*** out of him for leaving for more ambitions club.

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« Reply #1738 on: Friday 14 February 2020, 01:27:23 PM »
Martin Boobravka more like.

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« Reply #1739 on: Friday 14 February 2020, 01:30:57 PM »
Got nice tits like?

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« Reply #1741 on: Saturday 15 February 2020, 11:26:44 PM »
Meet Martin Dubravka, the Premier League’s busiest goalkeeper

Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka, who has made 103 saves this season, tells Martin Hardy why he is comfortable being so heavily relied upon

Martin Dubravka is staring intently at a computer screen, scrolling down a page, digesting the statistics that show he has made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the top five leagues in Europe this season.

“What does that say to you?” he is asked.

“That I’m a busy man,” he replies, smiling.

There is more evidence to suggest that the £4 million Newcastle United paid Sparta Prague in the summer of 2018, after a successful loan spell, is one of the best bits of business undertaken in recent seasons.

There is the percentage of saves made from shots taken in his team’s penalty area — his 65 per cent being bettered only by Liverpool’s Alisson and Hugo Lloris, of Tottenham Hotspur, over his past 50 Premier League appearances. There are his seven clean sheets this term and the statistic which says he saved eight shots that would have been expected to result in a goal.

But digesting information is not new.

When the Newcastle team bus pulls out of Emirates Stadium tomorrow evening, Dubravka will be able to instantly review his performance on any device through stats and video provided by a sports performance analysis company. Dubravka is 31 and has held a dream to play in England since he was young. The desire to learn has not changed. In the immediate aftermath of a match he will watch every save, move and miss while the game is still whirring in his head. At that point his father, Joseph, a former professional goalkeeper in Slovakia, will call. There will be another deconstruction of what went right and what went wrong — as they have done since he was eight. It takes about four days for the game to slip out of his mind.

“Am I a perfectionist?” he says. “Oh yes. You can see all the touches, all the saves, the right decisions and the wrong decisions. After the game I always watch it. The club’s analysis department send me a report and you have your mistakes and the clips. You have some kind of feeling after the game, whether you win or lose.

“Mostly I call my father because he’s watching. He’s telling me his ideas and his opinions. Then I come home and watch the game. Who’s harder on me, me or my father? Probably me, I’m very critical of myself. My father always tells me the truth — ‘I think you should do better there’ — then we argue.”

His father played for Zilina, where he grew up, a small city in the northwest of Slovakia. Martin followed the career path of his father and his grandfather, who were both goalkeepers — after a brief spell as a winger as a child — and then went to Esbjerg in Denmark, Slovan Liberec and Sparta, his boyhood club. That was before his chaotic transfer deadline-day move in January 2018, when he knocked on the hotel door of Zdenek Scasny, the club’s sporting director, at 2am for an update on his proposed move to Newcastle. He would fly to Tyneside and sign 20 minutes before the window closed.

By then he had called his girlfriend Lucia to tell her they were moving countries.

“At that time she was in Malaysia because she represents Slovakia in a beauty competition,” he says. “She was very excited. I recorded a video from the hotel room and said, ‘Listen, this is probably our new home.’ She said, ‘Brilliant, I’m really looking forward to coming there.’ She is a very supportive person.”

“You have to learn, every time. Different league. Different country. Different culture. Everything is different. The first week for me was tough. Everything was faster, much more powerful. The pace, I had to get used to it and I had a short time [Dubravka made his debut 11 days after signing]. The night before my debut was a Saturday night in Newcastle and we were living in a hotel. The city is crazy and people were very noisy in the hotel. I couldn’t sleep.”


He found out two hours before kick-off he would play against Manchester United. In the 35th minute he blocked a one-on-one from Anthony Martial with his studs. In the 93rd minute he saved from Michael Carrick. Newcastle had their first league win at home in four months, thanks to Matt Ritchie’s goal and Dubravka’s excellence. The stadium rose for him. Lucia was in the stands.

The couple have made the city their home. Six months ago, when talk of a six-year contract started, they moved out of a city apartment and bought a new house. “They said six years and I said give me a pen,” he says when talking about his new deal. “
I signed the extension and I realised I want to have my home here so I bought a house. Is the house finished? No. It takes ages. It’s a new building and there are cracks. I know it’s called snagging. We did that, but every day something happens.”

Dubravka is tall and lean. He was hyperactive as a child. His mother, Gabriella, is a judge in Zilina, so he spent part of his childhood with his grandmother, also Gabriella. “I was jumping from sofa to sofa and running round and she said ‘You have to stop, you have so much energy.’”

He took up ice hockey and then, at a family barbecue, injured his leg with an axe. “My mum told me, ‘Please don’t tell this story. You were so small, how can you use the axe?’ I was trying to cut the food and finished on my leg. There was so much blood and we went to the hospital and that finished my hockey career.”

The Dubravkas lived next to Stadion pod Dubnom, Zilina’s home ground. “We climbed the fence and we played after training. I was not in goal then, no chance. I said to my friends, ‘I don’t want to be in goal, I want to score the goal.’


“Would I want to appear in court before my mum? Oh my God. It’s hard when you’re young, you grow up with a judge. She judged you all the time, but she was always supportive with me, as was my sister and my father.

“She gets so scared when she comes to watch me play. When she’s in the stadium, hiding her face, and then to my sister or my girlfriend, ‘What happened? What happened?’ They can get annoyed with her. I said, ‘Mum, if you cannot look, stay at home.’ ”

Dubravka has made 103 saves this season, ahead of Arsenal’s Bernd Leno, who has the second most in the Premier League with 93. He has not missed a Premier League game since his debut under Rafa Benítez.

“Every day I was with him in his office from when I joined,” Dubravka says. “With Mr Benítez you are going to spend at least one hour with him there, every day. Talking everything, football, life, which was great for me.

“Both coaches were crucial for us. Obviously, they have their own ideas, maybe different ideas than the other one, but we are trying to improve and Steve Bruce is trying to improve us as well. It is very important that he is open to talk.

“I’m very ambitious. I always wanted to play in the Europa League and the Champions League, which this club deserves. Can I achieve it here? I hope so, but it is step by step.

“I have to do more, show myself even more in training, work after training, doing my sessions. You have to work on your first touches, your handling, jumping. You have to make the right decision very quickly in the game. You have to study. The balls change direction, they dip and you have to watch the ball until the last second.”

He talks of a lap of honour at St James’ Park at the end of his first season, when his name was chanted around the stadium. “I was in heaven in that moment. It was a beautiful, beautiful experience in my life. My mum was always telling me, ‘You should not be a goalkeeper, you should be a striker because if you don’t score a goal, it’s OK, but if you lose a goal, you’re so responsible. I say, ‘Yes, but that’s the thing — I want to have this responsibility.’”

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https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/sport/meet-martin-dubravka-the-premier-leagues-busiest-goalkeeper-cfkfxqlfk

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« Reply #1742 on: Saturday 15 February 2020, 11:28:50 PM »
We don't really deserve him, but he seems to love it here.

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« Reply #1743 on: Saturday 15 February 2020, 11:30:52 PM »
It's hard to like players nowadays but him i adore, but as TRon just said, we don't deserve such a great GK and bloke.

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« Reply #1744 on: Saturday 15 February 2020, 11:35:55 PM »
All we deserve is Colback.

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« Reply #1745 on: Sunday 16 February 2020, 01:04:03 PM »
Love this bloke.
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« Reply #1746 on: Sunday 16 February 2020, 02:36:57 PM »
Hopefully he gets a decent move and gets to play a higher level of footy/chance to win things.
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« Reply #1747 on: Sunday 16 February 2020, 04:29:06 PM »
Hopefully he gets a decent move and gets to play a higher level of footy/chance to win things.

:thup:

Same with Schar.

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« Reply #1748 on: Sunday 16 February 2020, 04:31:11 PM »
Hopefully he gets a decent move and gets to play a higher level of footy/chance to win things.

:thup:

Same with Schar.
And Lejeune

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« Reply #1749 on: Monday 17 February 2020, 11:49:14 AM »
Hopefully he gets a decent move and gets to play a higher level of footy/chance to win things.

:thup:

Same with Schar.
And Lejeune

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