Garth Crooks drools over ‘immense’ NUFC star – & names ‘world class’ moment that impressed him

BBC pundit Garth Crooks has chosen Martin Dubravka between the sticks in his Premier League team of the week – praising his ‘immense’ display and two ‘world-class’ saves in our 1-1 draw at Wolves.

The Slovakian shot-stopper was outstanding again and his top draw saves to deny Raul Jimenez and and Pedro Neto earning him plaudits for preventing us from suffering a 4th straight league defeat.

Dubravka’s performance certainly did not go unnoticed by Crooks, who had this to say after picking the NUFC no.1 in his team of the week:

“I thought Crystal Palace’s Vicente Guaita’s double save in the closing minutes of their game against Arsenal was excellent. His efforts preserved a point for the Eagles, who played for almost 30 minutes facing 10 men after Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had to go for the sheer carelessness he showed in his tackle on Max Meyer.

“However my goalkeeper this week is Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka. The Slovakia international’s performance away to Wolves was immense. He made two world-class saves; one with his feet and the other he practically pulled the ball out of the net. If you don’t believe me, ask his manager Steve Bruce.”

Aside from signing him from Sparta Prague for little over £4m, the best bit of business we have done in recent months is securing the Slovak down on a long term 6 and a half year contract.

Time and time again this season Dubravka has pulled off wonder saves to keep us in the game or even win it, and that theme continued at Wolves over the weekend.

He has been my player of the season so far for sure, and he seems to have eradicated the odd mistake that he was sometimes prone to make.

Dubravka keeps the ball out of the net by whichever way possible and has the potential to become a real great at this club – he is certainly our best goalkeeper since Shay Given in my opinion.

It’s good to see him get the recognition his performances have deserved – although some top clubs will be eyeing big moves for him before long if this superb form continues!

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