Newcastle United have found things difficult this season but the mood level has improved around Tyneside this week after picking up a valuable three points at the weekend.
The Magpies finally secured a Premier League victory at the 11th time of asking at home to Watford on Saturday, courtesy of Ayoze Perez’s goal, and also kept a fourth clean sheet of the season.
Often overlooked due to the club’s struggles, with a lot of focus being placed on the issues in front of goal, Newcastle’s defence has provided a bright spark and one major positive has been the performance of Martin Dubravka.
Signed on loan from Sparta Prague in January, Dubravka excelled in the second half of last season to help the Magpies retain their Premier League status and has continued in that vein of form after making his move permanent in the summer.
After a stat emerged that showed only three goalkeepers have kept more clean sheets in the Premier League this season, Newcastle fans took to Twitter to heap praise on the Slovenia international.
We have gathered some of the best responses below.
Combine the money spent on all four and Dubravka's fee amounts to less than 2% of the total. Absolute bargain.
— Gary Watson (@TheMackemSlayer) November 5, 2018
Most underrated goalkeeper in the league.
— Anthony (@Anthony_N__) November 5, 2018
One of our best keepers ever in the Prem.#NUFC
— Burnsie NUFC (@BenArfaChance) November 5, 2018
Absolute steal for £3m
— Tom (@Youngin_91) November 5, 2018
Deffo think the fact we got him for next to nowt is the steal of the century honestly think he will be competing for the most clean sheets in the league soon but we should of seen this coming he learned from one of best in pav
— Andrew Wells (@wellzy1995) November 5, 2018
Cracking keeper. Changes the whole dynamic of the side. It’s up front we have concerns. Need a striker more than ever. Rondon not the solution.
— Andrew Chambers (@AndrewChambers2) November 5, 2018
In the top 4 of the premier league without a doubt.
— Tom Nolan (@Tomtomnolan1) November 5, 2018