Newcastle United are still waiting for their first Premier League victory of the season after Saturday’s goalless draw with Southampton extended the winless streak to ten matches.
The Magpies are joint-bottom of the Premier League, only above Huddersfield Town on goal difference, and it is fair to say the situation would likely have been a lot bleaker if it wasn’t for the performances of Martin Dubravka.
Signed in the summer after impressing on loan from Sparta Prague in the second half of last season, Dubravka has been a mainstay in Rafael Benitez’s side this season and his performance against the Saints caught the eye.
While the team continue to struggle, the displays of Dubravka can provide a platform to build upon in the coming months and supporters on social media were quick to identify just how crucial the Slovenia international will be this term.
We have gathered some of the best reactions below.
We need to wrap Martin Dubravka up in cotton wool and place him in a safe spot between every match. He will be key if we are to stay up; absolutely terrific keeper. #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) October 27, 2018
Fear the worst in January!!
— Kevin Richardson (@heck74) October 27, 2018
I’m surprised the big clubs aren’t offering big money after the 10 months he’s had in the premier league.
— Carl Wakelam (@wakelam1973) October 27, 2018
Best I’ve seen in a Newcastle gk top, including given!
— jamie matthews (@Mathaz86) October 27, 2018
We need to make sure a top 6 team don’t fancy him. De gear is on the move this summer so man u will be looking for a replacement so might spurs. How we got him so cheap I’ll never know.
— steven jones (@towlawstev) October 27, 2018
Martin Dubravka is absolutely amazing isn’t he?
— Browno (@BrownoBrowno) October 27, 2018
Absolutely tired of the Messi/Ronaldo/Dubravka debate tbh. Can't we just enjoy all three?
— DC (@benitez1892) October 29, 2018