Spurs Opinion: Signing Martin Dubravka would make little sense for the Lilywhites
Spurs are not the only club to have been linked with a move for the 30-year-old shot-stopper, though, with the Daily Mail suggesting that Man United, as well as Porto and Monaco, are also weighing up moves for the Newcastle No.1.
The Daily Mail claims that Premier League newcomers Aston Villa have also been credited with an interest in Dubravka, who is rated at £12 million by Newcastle United. The 6ft. 4-inch shot-stopper was expected to sign a new deal at St. James’ Park but talks over a fresh contract have stalled following the departure of former manager Rafael Benitez.
Dubravka, who initially joined Newcastle United on loan from Czech heavyweights Sparta Prague in the second half of the 2017-18 season, was signed permanently by the Magpies last summer following his heroics between the sticks on his loan spell.
The 30-year-old didn’t look back thereafter and played a key role for the club at the back this past season, with his consistently impressive displays in goal earning him rave reviews from fans and pundits alike.
In all honesty, Newcastle would probably have found life a lot more difficult in the Premier League had it not been for the Slovakian’s reliable presence with the gloves.
Dubravka’s market value has rocketed quite a lot over the past one-and-a-half years or so and he might as well be set for a move to a bigger club, with Man United, Spurs, Monaco and Porto all interested in securing his services.
However, his future at Tyneside continues to be up in the air and it remains to be seen whether Newcastle would be interested in cashing in on him after just a single season.
Meanwhile, Spurs have already made the headlines in the tabloids this summer with the club-record signing of Tanguy Ndombele, while teenage sensation Jack Clarke has also been brought in from Leeds United as a future prospect.
However, manager Mauricio Pochettino might as well be looking at a few more additions to his ranks to reinvigorate his Premier League title challenge next term.
To put things into perspective, it definitely makes sense for Spurs to be in the market for some fresh faces but they don’t really need to prioritise the signing of a new goalkeeper this summer, simply because it is one of the few areas where they need not actually look for alternatives.
Agreed, Hugo Lloris was a bit inconsistent between the sticks last season and he came under scrutiny for some uncharacteristic errors, however, it is worth mentioning that the Frenchman is still one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he certainly has a lot to offer at the age of 32.
Paulo Gazzaniga proved his worth as an incredible back-up keeper in the previous campaign and delivered some solid performances whenever Pochettino called him into action, meaning that bringing in a new keeper goes against all logic and reason.
Not denying the fact that Dubravka is capable of producing top-drawer performances in the Premier League, it is hard to see how and where he would possibly fit in at Spurs, given the existing players already in the club’s ranks.
Also, if Spurs are genuinely interested in bringing in a long-term replacement for Lloris, they might as well bring in a young and talented shot-stopper, with a view to grooming him for the future. Dubravka is already 30 and he doesn’t fit the bill in that regard by any means.
The touted £12million fee might tempt Spurs into making a move for the Slovakian but, in all honesty, that would simply be a waste of money.
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That said, Spurs should drop their interest in Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka without any further ado and keep the cash in the bank to fund other transfers.