Newcastle United fans have taken to Twitter urging Steve Bruce to put Martin Dubravka in his starting line-up against Manchester United on Sunday (7pm).

The Slovak international has only played once this season. He missed the opening months of the campaign because of a heel bone injury, which allowed Karl Darlow to take his spot in goal.

Bruce has persisted in using Darlow between the sticks, even with Dubravka fit and on the bench.

But some Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter to call for Dubravka to resume goalkeeping duties for their beloved Toon this weekend:

Dubravka – out in the cold

Dubravka had been mainly first choice keeper at Newcastle since signing from Slavia Prague in 2018.

Initially brought in on loan, Rafa Benitez made the deal permanent and, until this season, the Slovak stopper had been a major part of Newcastle’s spine.

The 32-year-old’s only appearance this term has been in the FA Cup defeat at Arsenal last month.

Other than that, it has been all Darlow this campaign and a great opportunity for the former Nottingham Forest keeper to stake his claim as a regular in Bruce’s side.

 

To his credit, Darlow has performed well during a difficult season. His tally of 84 saves is the joint fourth-highest in the Premier League this term.

On the flip side, he has only kept four clean sheets in 24 outings, easily one of the lowest tallies in the top flight.

Newcastle have leaked 40 league goals this season, only West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace and Leeds United have conceded more.

No time like the present

Free-scoring Manchester United are Newcastle’s next opponents and Sunday could be a harsh time to bring Dubravka back into the starting XI.

After that, however, Newcastle take on Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion.

Neither Black Country side is known for its scoring prowess so Dubravka may have an easier time of it rather than an Old Trafford baptism of fire.  

Either way, Bruce has to get the big decisions right as Newcastle find themselves peering into the relegation maelstrom.

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