Martin Dubravka has contacted Jamaal Lascelles in a bid to hold a ‘crisis meeting’ – with the Slovakian insisting that ‘we need to change something’ and be ‘honest’ following our struggling start to the new season.
Whilst we’ve faced four of the league’s ‘top six’ sides in our opening seven games, we’ve failed to score a single goal in the other three games – drawing 0-0 away to Cardiff and Palace, losing 0-2 at home to Leicester and failing to pick up a single win so far.
As confirmed by the man himself, Martin Dubravka has now taken the bull by the horns and spoken to the skipper Jamaal Lascelles – asking for the players to get together to get to the bottom of our early season issues.
Here’s his comments during his powerful interview with The Mirror:
“We need to be honest with each other, I spoke to Jamaal Lascelles, our captain, and said we need to arrange a meeting with all the players. We need to talk honestly and we need to change something”
“If I did know what was wrong, I would be honest and tell all of the guys. We need find it ourselves. We need to analyse everything, but we have to be honest with each other. We didn’t do that until now, I think.”
Dubravka then admitted that confidence is now low, urging the squad to sit down and speak about what now needs to happen to turn our season around:
“Confidence? Ah, we lost another game so confidence is not high right now. We have to sit down, all together and speak about which direction we need to go now. We have to go in the same direction. Every player.
“Everybody has to know which kind of system we play. Rafa has told us many times how we should do things. We were a little bit confused in a few moments but for me, it was more important how we react and we did not react well.”
“We need to be honest with each other and react differently because we have an attitude, and we have a mentality, but we need to bring it onto the pitch. We had spoken a lot about how we react when we concede a goal but it was almost the same against Leicester.
“We started the second half well, then conceded a goal and after that, did not create anything. We are together. We win together and we lose together. But as I said, we need to be honest with each other and if we want to be successful we need to change something.”
“We have to bring the same attitude as last season and do the same things.
“It is no good talking about the same things again and again. If we want to change things, we have to start it off by doing it ourselves. It is down to us, no-one else. We need to be honest with each other. Of course, we need to stick together as a team, but let’s have this meeting and talk.”
Great words from Dubravka; a man who is becoming an asset both on and off the pitch.
He speaks like a captain here – which is great to see given the need for leaders and big characters in our current predicament.
Let’s hope the players can get their heads together and help us get on the right track.