By Darren Bent

25th Feb, 2020 | 4:00pm

'World-class' - Exclusive: Bent raves over 'Brilliant' Newcastle ace let down by teammates

Darren Bent has been left drooling over the performances of Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and insists his teammates are letting him down.

The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says the Slovakian keeper has pulled off some “world-class” saves for Steve Bruce’s men this season.

The 31-year-old was called into action on several occasions against Martin Dubravka on Saturday afternoon, his efforts not enough to stop the Magpies slipping to a 1-0 defeat.

Having seen the 6ft 3in colossus dazzle time and again between the sticks, Bent says that the performances of his teammates are undermining his impressive displays.

“He was making some world-class saves, some absolutely brilliant, brilliant saves but it’s not enough at times,” Bent told Football Insider.

“The goalkeeper can only do so much, he can make save after save after save, it’s very rare that you can make all these amount of saves and you don’t concede. If you keep giving the opposition the opportunity to score, they will take one. 

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“It’s a positive he’s playing so well but now other people have got to step up.” 

Dubravka, who signed on an initial loan deal from Sparta Prague back in January 2018, quickly established himself as the first-choice keeper at St James’ Park, playing every single Premier League game since his debut.

He has a total of 78 games under his belt for the Magpies, as well as 24 caps for Slovenia.

In other Newcastle United news, Darren Bent believes the Magpies could be dealt a “devastating” blow this summer.