Paul Robinson has lavished praise on “outstanding” Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England number one claimed that the St. James’ Park stopper is only just behind the “elite” stoppers in the Premier League – such as Alisson at Liverpool and Ederson at Manchester City – in terms of his quality.
The Toon Army recently tied 23-year-old keeper Freddie Woodman down to a new contract before sending him out for a second consecutive season-long loan to Swansea City.
And Robinson is unsurprised to see the academy graduate depart given the level of competition he faces at his parent club.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “There’s no opportunities there for him [Woodman] at the moment because of Dubravka.
“I think he was their player of the year last season. When he first arrived on loan, he was pretty much an unknown quantity, but he established himself quickly, he adapted very well to the Premier League, and they signed him permanently at the first opportunity.
“He’s been a top-class goalkeeper. I think there’s an elite bracket of goalkeepers – the Alissons, the Edersons, those type. He sits in the bracket just underneath those. I think he’s an outstanding talent.
“Obviously Freddie Woodman’s chances are going to be limited because of that quality, but he’s certainly one that they’ll want to keep for the future.”
Dubravka has consistently been a standout performer for the Magpies since initially arriving on loan from Sparta Prague in January 2018.
The Slovakia international has gone on to register 89 appearances across all competitions on Tyneside, keeping 29 clean sheets in the process.
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