Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce will reportedly give many Magpies fans what they’ve been demanding this weekend.
According to The Telegraph, Martin Dubvraka is set to replace Karl Darlow between the sticks for the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
Dubravka has made just one appearance for the first-team since returning from his heel injury earlier this year.
He faced Arsenal in the FA Cup, but has had to be content with a place on the bench since, with Bruce keeping the faith with Darlow.
The English stopper made a fine start to 2020/21 in Dubravka’s absence.
In December Alan Shearer described him on Twitter as having been ‘brilliant’, following a top display in a 0-0 draw against Liverpool at Anfield.
But his form has dipped recently, and him being beaten at his near post by Marcus Rashford on Sunday was the final straw for many, and it looks like Bruce is also ready to turn to Dubravka once again.
Prior to his injury, Dubravka was Newcastle’s undisputed number one, proving to be a magnificent signing (initially on loan) from Sparta Prague.
He was widely regarded as one of the top stoppers in the Premier League, and The Telegraph’s report will be welcome news for many.
The change that could boost Newcastle’s survival hopes?
Darlow has had a brilliant season, but it probably is time for him to step aside.
Mistakes have been creeping in in recent games, the kind Dubravka rarely lets happen.
Dubravka is better with the ball at his feet and has a greater authority in his area, as well as obviously being a fine shot-stopper.
It’s a change that might just tighten things up at the back again, and help the Magpies move away from danger.