Another one officially through the door at NUFC tonight, with the club announcing the signing of Sparta Prague stopper Martin Dúbravka on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.
The Slovakian international stands 6ft 3′ tall and has been brought in by Benitez to give Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot some much needed competition, with it also being believed that Dúbravka represents the ‘ball playing’ goalkeeper Rafa has been looking for over the past two transfer windows.
Dúbravka has made nine appearances for his country (Slovakia) and recently played against England in the 2018 World Cup qualifier at Wembley in September last year.
Here’s what the 29-year-old has had to say since making the move official tonight:
“I feel amazing. This is a big step in my career and also in my life.
“You can feel the energy of the people around the club. I will try to work hard, and show that I deserve to be here.”
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) January 31, 2018
Here’s some clips of the stopper in action, with him looking like a keeper with good reflexes and someone whose keen to play out from the back:
— ㅤMagpiesRelated (@MagpiesRelated) January 31, 2018