Newcastle United need to start pulling away from the relegation zone, before clubs across Europe circle Martin Dubravka in January.
The Slovakia international has been one of the Magpies’ better performers in what has been a poor season so far.
The stopper joined the club on loan in January of this year from Sparta Prague, and made his move permanent this summer for a £4 million fee.
Dubravka has impressed between the sticks at St. James’ Park.
During his time at the club he has demonstrated great reflexes and an authoritative command of his penalty box.
He was excellent against Manchester United on Saturday despite the 3-2 defeat, just as he was on his debut against the same opposition last season.
Newcastle may face trouble keeping him
Dubravka’s form could well alert some clubs across Europe in January.
With the Magpies down at the wrong end of the table, he is generally in the thick of the action most weekends.
That draws further attention to him, and Newcastle might find he is a wanted man in a few months’ time.
At 29, he’s the perfect age for a goalkeeper, and has years left at the top level.
He’s been a hit with the Toon Army faithful since his move due to his attitude and air of leadership, as well as great goalkeeping.
Those are just two more things that make him a desirable asset.
The situation is very reminiscent of Lukasz Fabianski last season.
The Poland international played in a poor Swansea City side, but was constantly drawing attention to himself with some fine displays.
He ultimately sealed a move to West Ham United, where he is flourishing.
Newcastle’s outfield players have to start stepping up, or else Dubravka could become the subject of interest from another team come January.