Sherwood says no-one's been better in his position than Newcastle star
Tim Sherwood has told talkSPORT (broadcast on 15/11; 8:38) that Nick Pope has been outstanding for Newcastle, insisting that no goalkeeper has been better in the Premier League so far this season.
The Magpies are absolutely flying right now. Eddie Howe’s men sit third in the table going into the World Cup. And they are joint top of the form table, having only lost one game all season.
A number of their players have been revelations over the last 12 months. Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn and Bruno Guimaraes have been game-changing signings for the Magpies.
Nick Pope has been outstanding
Miguel Almiron and Joelinton have been transformed under Howe. But Pope’s contribution must not be overlooked.
Newcastle boast the joint-best defensive record in the top-flight this season, conceding just 11 goals.
Their defence has been outstanding. But Pope boasts the second-highest save percentage in the Premier League. And only two goalkeepers in the top-flight have kept a higher percentage of clean sheets, according to FBRef.
Unsurprisingly, Sherwood named Pope in his team of the season so far. And he also praised Howe for the way that he has got the best out of the 30-year-old.
“I think he’s been outstanding,” he told talkSPORT. “Obviously, gets his big move, England international. Goes up there to Newcastle, it’s a different environment to playing at Burnley. And I think he’s been outstanding. I really do. I think he’s been great.
“Eddie’s playing to his strengths. He’s not the best on the floor. We know that. He’s letting him kick it up the field. He’s doing what every goalkeeper should do, he’s keeping the ball out the net. So for me, I don’t think there’s a more outstanding goalkeeper in the league up to now.”
There have been some superb pieces of business from Newcastle since the new owners came in. And signing Pope for just £10 million has to be right up there.
He had already established himself as one of the most consistent and reliable goalkeepers in the league with Burnley. His form saw the stopper force his way into the England fold.
It is almost remarkable that Newcastle got him for so little – even after Burnley were relegated to the Championship.
Certainly, many sides will be kicking themselves that they did not sign Pope in the summer.
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