Newcastle’s goalkeeper plans go public after Pope injury and De Gea links

The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has issued an update on Eddie Howe’s goalkeeper plans following a shoulder injury to Nick Pope.

Despite The Mail reporting that we’re ‘considering’ a move for free agent David De Gea, Edwards reveals that we’ll hand Martjn Dubravka a chance to prove his worth in Pope’s absence.

However, it’s believed the club could reassess the situation in January and bring in another goalkeeper should there be ‘problems defensively’ between now and the New Year.

Initial scan results suggest Pope could be sidelined for 4-5 months, so it looks set to be Dubravka, Loris Karius or a January recruit that steps in for the second half of the 2023/24 season, with the Slovakian having an audition period over the hectic festive schedule.

As for De Gea, he has pedigree, experience and is comfortable on the ball, but his wages would be monstrous. Are we really going to break our wage structure to bring him in when we have what should be two competent options in Dubravka and Karius?

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One thought on “Newcastle’s goalkeeper plans go public after Pope injury and De Gea links

  1. A January reassessment seems sensible, but I hope it’s not just a knee-**** reaction to bad results. Ideally, we find a competent loan or short-term deal who can stabilize things until Pope returns. A Small World Cup throws physics and realism out the window for a slapstick soccer experience that’s pure, unadulterated fun.

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