What Now For Rafa's Flop?

By Footy Mad - Editor
Last updated : 09 February 2018

Newcastle loanee Matz Sels has impressed on loan with Belgian champions Anderlecht.

Image result for Newcastle United Matz SelsIt will be an interesting summer transfer window for the Newcastle United goalkeeper as his long-term future remains in doubt while on loan with Belgian champions Anderlecht.

The 25-year-old is beginning to show his best form for Hein Vanhaezebrouck's side, keeping eight clean sheets in 22 league and cup outings for the Jupiler League giants.

But after a disappointing start to life at Newcastle, does he have a future on Tyneside?

Right now, it seems as though the most probable scenario will be to see him move on in the summer.

Freddie Woodman, on loan with Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen, has impressed on his debut by keeping a clean sheet against Hamilton and has been making all the right impressions north of the border.

The England Under-20 World Cup winner has age on his side as well the backing of the fans after coming through the ranks at St. James' Park. It should convince Rafa Benitez to place his faith in the Englishman's potential, rather than Sels.

January loan signing Martin Dubravka is yet to make his debut for the club after joining from Sparta Prague, but he is renowned for his impressive footwork that allows him to start attacks from within his penalty area.

That is something the one-time Slovakia international boasts an advantage over the rigid Sels, who showed in his first season with the club that he is much more adept at clearing his lines at the first sight of danger.

With Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot also vying for the number one jersey and reports suggesting that the Toon can sign Dubravka permanently for as little as £4million, surely there is no way back for Sels as he would be fifth choice.

He has three and a half years remaining on his current Newcastle contract, with the Daily Star claiming that he is earning a huge £35,000 a week. All things considered, it seems as though his time is up at St. James' Park ... IF they can sell him.

 

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