Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that Chelsea need to sign a world-class goalkeeper if they are going to be top four regulars in the Premier League, and implored the Blues to have a look at Newcastle United stopper Martin Dubravka.
Frank Lampard’s men remain fourth in the top flight. However, both of their goalkeepers have come in for criticism in recent times.
Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped for this past weekend’s clash with Leicester City after a run of poor form. And Willy Caballero did not have the best day at the King Power Stadium as he made a poor decision in the build up to the home side’s second goal.
Crooks has insisted that signing a new goalkeeper is a must for Lampard. And the BBC Sport pundit suggested he should look to St James’ Park for the answer to his problems.
“The London club have gone from having Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois – two world-class goalkeepers – to Kepa and Caballero, who both look like they’ve only recently been introduced to the game,” he told BBC Sport.
“If Chelsea are serious about a top-four place they need to get a top-class goalkeeper. They should take a serious look at Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka.”
TBR View – Dubravka one of the Premier League’s best
There is no question that Dubravka has been an inspired signing for the Magpies.
The 31-year-old was outstanding while on loan on Tyneside. And he has continued that form since joining on a permanent basis.
The case for Dubravka to be a target is certainly strengthened by his performance at the weekend.
The Slovakian was superb against Norwich City, producing a number of saves to keep the Canaries at bay.
So it should be absolutely no surprise therefore, if Newcastle do not show any interest in accepting any bids that come in for Dubravka in the future.