Newcastle United travel to Old Trafford on Sunday to face Manchester United – and some of the club’s fans on Twitter have urged manager Steve Bruce to recall Martin Dubravka to the starting XI.
Dubravka, who cost the Magpies £4million (The Sun), missed the first half of the season through injury.
Karl Darlow stepped into the number one position during his absence and has performed so well that he’s retained the gloves.
Dubravka returned to fitness at the end of December, but has had to watch his teammate play ahead of him and he’s not featured in the Premier League all season, with his only appearance in the FA Cup against Arsenal.
The 32-year-old was previously the first-choice goalkeeper at St James’ Park and has been an extremely consistent player during his time with the Toon, but Bruce has opted to stick with in-form Darlow.
With the team now only six points above the relegation places, fans are getting nervous about their top-flight status and want a change in team selection.
A selection of Newcastle supporters on social media are insisting that former number one Dubravka returns in-between the sticks.
The Slovakia international has proven before he’s a great shot-stopper and a commanding figure in his box, but the manager has the tough scenario of having two quality options in goal.
Here are some Newcastle fans discussing Dubravka ahead of the trip to Man United:
Dubravka has to start now. The form of darlow since dubravkas been on the bench is remarkable. Leaking goals and defence confidence is shot #NUFC
— rpw (@russting93) February 19, 2021
It’s time for Dubravka to be back… Darlow has been brilliant but we need out No1 for the relegation battle ahead 👍🏼
— Ian Rickaby (@I4Nnufc) February 19, 2021
— CDJ45 (@CDJ_45) February 19, 2021
He better be back in the team Sunday. Darlow is a good shot stopper but Dubravka is much more vocal at the back and the defence always looks a little more settled when he’s in goal. #NUFC https://t.co/JS4RNOpVOB
— Evan Kiropoulos (@evan_kiropoulos) February 19, 2021
It's time for Martin to get his place back. He's the confident, reassuring force we need behind our back line. https://t.co/pxQ4154ECi
— TBOTT (@TBOTT_) February 19, 2021
At this point I think Dubravka needs to come back into the team. We have been playing well but still conceding. Not necessarily Darlows fault as he's been great. But if we need a Change defensively, this is the one for me. https://t.co/RgqjMVhUnV
— Josh (@joshmmitchell) February 19, 2021
Get him back in goal man. https://t.co/RUweiEvdpS
— Amy (@bobblestea) February 19, 2021