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Kepa Arrizabalaga would not be a worthy goalkeeper for Newcastle United, according to an expert who believes he is no better than Martin Dubravka.
In the upcoming summer transfer window, Newcastle do not expect to spend as much as they did in January. But one area they could look to strengthen is in goal. They reportedly work through a shortlist of goals, which includes Kepa.
The Spanish national team player became the most expensive goalkeeper in history when Chelsea picked him up from Athletic Bilbao in 2018. However, he has fought for consistency and has since 2020 been the backup behind Edouard Mendy.
This means that Kepa could consider his future as he should be in his best years at the age of 27. There have been a number of transfer links in recent months.
Newcastle would be an option that allows him to continue in the Premier League. But according to former English goalkeeper Paul Robinson, Kepa would not even represent an upgrade of the Magpies’ current number one, Dubravka.
Robinson told Football Insider: “If you are going to spend big money on a new number one goalkeeper, you need to be significantly better than what you already have.
“I do not think Kepa is better than Dubravka. I like Dubravka. He is strong, commanding and makes great saves. I believe he is a top-class goalkeeper.
“If you have Kepa and Dubravka, then Dubravka plays for me.
“If Newcastle want to strengthen in the goalkeeping department, they should look elsewhere, I think.
“Most clubs like to have two goalkeepers with number one caliber now, so I understand their thinking. But I do not think Kepa should replace Dubravka.”
Kepa compared to Dubravka
Kepa has kept 47 clean sheets in 124 games throughout his Chelsea career. In contrast, Dubravka for Newcastle has prevented being broken 33 times out of 121 matches.
Considering that Chelsea have always been in a stronger position than Newcastle at that time, it is a reasonable reflection of Dubravka’s abilities in relation to Kepa.
But at the age of 33, Newcastle could try to find a successor to Dubravka. Kepa has plenty of experience, but his abilities are still in doubt.
Other names on Newcastle’s in-goal radar include Manchester United’s Dean Henderson, Arsenal’s Bernd Leno and West Brom’s Sam Johnstone.
Henderson and Leno are also both backup goalkeepers at their respective clubs. Johnstone, meanwhile, sees his contract with his championship employers expire this summer.
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