Newcastle United fans will have breathed an almighty sigh of relief when Martin Dubravka silenced the doubts about his future and signed a new six-year deal last month.
Regardless of the Slovakian’s rather erratic form this season, with mistakes against Liverpool, Leicester and Wolves still fresh in the memory, he is still a player The Magpies cannot afford to lose. But with the ink still drying on a long-term contract, that does not mean Newcastle can rest easy, feeling that the goalkeeping situation is solved for good.
How much longer will Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot realistically want to sit around and wait for a chance? And in Freddie Woodman, the young Englishman who is shining on loan at Swansea City, they have a highly-rated shot-stopper who has already aired his frustrations about a lack of opportunities publicly amid interest from Arsenal and Celtic (The Chronicle).
Fortunately, Newcastle had planned ahead. According to The Northern Echo, they have been sending scouts to watch Trabzonspor’s Ugurcan Cakir, a £17 million-rated number one who recently made his debut for the Turkish national team.
Unfortunately, the status of the other interested clubs suggests that Cakir might be out of Newcastle’s reach already.
Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and European kings Liverpool are due to watch him in action during Trabzonspor’s Europa League clash against Krasnodar on Thursday, according to Milliyet.
As long as Steve Bruce’s side are languishing at the wrong end of the table, Cakir will have better offers elsewhere.
Let's just hope Woodman is willing to be patient after all.
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