Martin Dubravka could be the man to save Newcastle United.
The Slovakian has been a huge miss this season, with Freddie Woodman and then Karl Darlow deputising in his absence.
The latter really struggled on Saturday, and could be held accountable for Brentford’s first and third goals. For the opener, Darlow failed to stop Ivan Toney’s strike which, for all it was ferocious, was straight at him.
For the third, Darlow had failed to clear his lines in the build-up which eventually led to Brentford getting another chance and scoring.
While a lot went right for Eddie Howe on his debut, the defensive issues remained and he made a mistake not recalling Dubravka.
It seems very likely that the 32-year-old will start this weekend, and the goalkeeper is looking sharp in preparation.
Martin Dubravka dazzles with double save
The club have released a training video ahead of Saturday’s trip to Arsenal, and Dubravka is heavily involved.
The number one saves a penalty by Miguel Almiron, but the moment everyone is talking about is the double save from two Joelinton efforts.
Dubravka looks more than ready to return to the starting XI, and it’s vital he plays at the Emirates.
There is a renewed focus on goalkeeper distribution at Newcastle, and Dubravka is much better with his feet than Darlow. He’s also a leader too, something the Magpies have desperately missed this season.
If his training performance is anything to go by, Dubravka has sent a clear message to Howe. Fans are impressed, and want to see him play for Newcastle for the first time since May.