Martin Dubravka may have made two costly errors in just over a week, but some of the comments I’ve read on social media following last night’s late mistake are shameful.
Don’t get me wrong, he wasn’t strong enough last night and had to punch that cross (even if Boly was fouling him), but this is a player who’s been one of our players of the season so far and without doubt one of our most consistent performers since he arrived this time last year.
The fact I’m reading that he must be dropped in favour of Darlow or ideas that ‘maybe he’s not that good after all’ are laughable. If a top striker misses too open goals two weeks running, it doesn’t make him an awful finisher all of a sudden – and this needs to apply to Dubravka; someone I have complete faith in despite him enduring his worst week as a Newcastle player.
Here’s some of the comments I saw on Twitter following his costly mistake in the 95th minute at Molineux last night:
“An outfield player with Dubravka’s current form would be dropped. Surely it’s time to start looking at Woodman”
“That was just ****. Dubravka has been terrible this year but gets a free pass because he was good once. Time for Woodman.”
“How many more mistakes from Dubravka? Get Elliot or Darlow back in…”
“Get Karl Darlow back in net that useless *** Dubravka is absolute ****. Mistake every game”
“Dubravka costing Newcastle 5 points in 2 games. Why does he play ahead of Darlow?”
“You think Rafa might look at another Goalkeeper in the summer and Move on Darlow and Elliot and Make Dubravka no 2,?”
“I’m not sure Dubravka is all that great tbh. How long since he kept a clean sheet? Time to give Woodman a chance..”
I’ve seen a few saying ‘maybe Dubravka isn’t the goalkeeper we thought he was after all’. This is such a fickle approach it’s untrue.
On this logic, Almiron looks a player based on his 20 minute cameo but we’ll be wondering if he’s a waste of money if he doesn’t tear Huddersfield apart and misplaces a few passes.
There’s been so many players at Newcastle over the years who’ve looked MUCH worse than Dubravka has over the past two years, yet they’ve went on to become big players for the club. Coloccini and Diame’s first season? Even Rondon – a player some were calling the next Slimani just a month or two into the season.
I know these comments do not represent your average Newcastle fan, but there’s been far too many overreactions to last night’s error for my liking.
This is a player who’s let us down twice in a year. If someone should be dropped on that logic then good look to the other 10 players who started last night..
Thankfully, there’s also been plenty defending him: