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News: Martin Dubravka also a leader behind the scenes

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Former Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez recognised Martin Dubravka as a hugely important figure behind the scenes at the club. 

What’s the story?

According to The Athletic, the goalkeeper was known as the ‘brain’ by Benitez during their time together on Tyneside in what is an interesting insight into the Slovakian’s character.

Indeed, he’s understood to be a vocal figure off the field as well as on it and an excellent leader, amid suggestions he could finally make his first start of the Premier League season against Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend.

Why is it important?

Given the dire situation Steve Bruce’s side find themselves in at the moment, it does seem hugely important to bring in as much leadership as possible.

That is not a reflection on Karl Darlow – who is enjoying a wonderful campaign and has bailed his team out on many occasions – but, frankly, Newcastle need all the help they can get if they are going to keep a resurgent Fulham side at bay during the final portion of the campaign.

Having been part of Toon sides who have clawed their way back from the brink before, such as the start of the 2018/19 season under Benitez after a miserable run of nine games without a win, he certainly does have previous in helping the team improve.

The Verdict

It’s certainly interesting to hear of how important Dubravka is considered behind the scenes.

His on-field status as a key member of this Newcastle side has been obvious since his arrival (making the most saves in the Premier League last season) but to read of how that translates in the day-to-day affairs only reaffirms what an incredible signing he has been.

Bruce’s side have battles to come and Dubravka looks as if he’s a dependable soldier to call on.

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