Martin Dubravka is already keen on securing a permanent move to Newcastle one day after completing his loan signing, and believes he has the skills to keep the Magpies in the Premier League.
The 29-year old goalkeeper joined on deadline day from Sparta Prague on a loan deal until the end of the season, when Newcastle could then make the switch permanent for £4million.
Though a largely unknown quantity in England, the Slovakia No. 1 ‘keeper has impressed on the international scene, and hopes to replicate that form on Tyneside.
Talking to nufcTV, Dubravka said;
It’s hard to describe myself. I don’t know – other than I’d say I like to play football, that’s what I like.
I like to be active on the pitch and help out the players when they are in a critical situation. I try to play with my feet, to get off my line and help with the talking.
It’s hard to say what my best characteristic is.
Dubravka will compete for a first-team spot for the Magpies with Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot at St James’ Park, and the Slovak is determined to establish himself as the first choice between the sticks. He continued;
I will try to do my best. I am coming to a big team and a big club. At these big clubs, you will always have competition.
Never will you 100 per cent know you will stay No 1. Always you will have to fight for it.
You have to show the people around the club that you deserve to take your chance.
I will try to adapt to the English game as fast as possible and help the team, because that is the most important thing, then I will work hard, train hard – and show that I deserve to be here.
Dubravka also praised the Newcastle support, comparing the atmosphere to that from his home country. He said;
You can feel the energy of the people around the club, and when I came to the stadium, the first feeling was amazing – you could just see 50,000 are screaming and making noise.
When I played in Slovakia, there are not many times you can feel this energy. When I was in Sparta Prague, at the beginning it was very similar – but here it’s much more people.
When I came to have a seat in the stadium [during the Burnley game], in one moment it became very noisy. So for me, I thought: ‘This is what I really like. I can get used to this, for sure.’