Newcastle transfer news: Eddie Howe hints Martin Dubravka could stay in the lineup after January

In today's Newcastle transfer news - Eddie Howe has hinted that the club isn't interested in signing a goalkeeper in the January transfer window, with Martin Dubravka set to benefit.

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As we approach the end of 2023, there is only one thing on the minds of Newcastle fans and that is the January transfer window. Over the last few days, the Newcastle transfer news has began to heat up but there has been one dying trend and that is seeing us linked with fewer goalkeepers.

For those who aren't aware, the Nick Pope injury really set us back in the last few weeks and Martin Dubravka has just started to pick up form after starting off shakily on his return to the lineup. With this in mind, many people believed that Eddie Howe has no other choice but to sign a goalkeeper in the January transfer window.

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Newcastle transfer news: Eddie Howe hints Martin Dubravka could stay in the lineup after January

Although, the English boss may have a different idea as he has hinted that instead, he sees the Nick Pope injury as a chance for Martin Dubravka to prove himself. As per The Independent, here's what Howe had to say:

"I’ve seen a lot of the media headlines and press speculation regarding goalkeepers and other players. We’ve not made any enquiries about January in any position. If that was the case, we’d be recruiting in every position given the injuries we have in the squad. Hopefully that changes by January. This is an opportunity for our goalkeepers to cement their positions.”"

Eddie Howe

We know that Eddie Howe is a big believer of Martin Dubravka as it's been proven on a few ocassions the importance of havig two top quality goalkeepers. And in fairness, I can see where he's coming from with his stance on the Nick Pope injury.

If we were to sign a new goalkeeper in January, this would be a short-term fix which would cause long-term problems. The goalkeeper in question would need to be happy with being in the pecking order of two exceptional goalkeepers with Premier League experience. This just isn't realistic.

What do you make of today's Newcastle transfer news?