Marin Dubravka joined Newcastle United on loan from Sparta Prague during the January transfer window, and the 29-year-old has quickly become the club’s number one goalkeeper.
Dubravka has actually kept three clean sheets in his eight Premier League appearances since arriving at St James’ Park, although he could not prevent Theo Walcott from finding the back of the net during Monday’s league game with Everton.
The stopper, who has recently revealed a desire to sign a long-term contract with the Magpies, failed to deal with the cross that saw Walcott make the breakthrough, and there were some Newcastle fans that were quick to criticise the January arrival.
Indeed, it appears that some of the supporters have noticed a problem when it comes to Dubravka’s ability to deal with high balls.
That said, such criticism was aimed at Manchester United’s David de Gea in the early stages of his Old Trafford career, and he has since become the best goalkeeper in the world.
The Slovakian, who is valued at £2.7m by transfermarkt.co.uk, could well join Newcastle on a permanent deal this summer, but a selection of Newcastle fans have started to have their doubts.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Why is Dubravka not just coming and claiming that?? Poor from Yedlin too. #nufc
— Toon Stew (@toonarmyblog) April 23, 2018
Poor goal to concede! For me, that Bolasie ball should've been cut out or claimed by Dubravka!
Lots to do in this second-half 😯
Everton 1-0 Newcastle United #nufc ⚫⚪
— Clinton Forde (@FordeHaveMercy) April 23, 2018
Twice in his Newcastle career Dubravka has started to come for a ball then changed his mind, both times we've conceded. Indecision is fatal.
— Andrew Lawes (@LawesDisorder) April 23, 2018
Getting a bit worried about Dubravka and crosses.
Doesn't seem to fancy it
— Griffiths13 (@rjg130210) April 23, 2018
Starting to doubt Dubravka ffs
— TOON ARMY (@ed_kalnins) April 23, 2018
A flat performance in a poor game.
Love Dubravka but he needs coaching on when to come for crosses.
Diame hard working as normal.
Lejeune was immense.
On to the next one. #nufc
— David Mcgivern (@davemcg1) April 23, 2018