Tottenham Hotspur produced an excellent display to win 4-0 on Sunday afternoon over Burnley, but it could have been a lot worse for the Clarets had it not been for goalkeeper Nick Pope – and Spurs fans have discussed his display on Twitter.
Spurs came into the match having lost five of their last six Premier League games, but they were revamped by an on-fire Gareth Bale who produced his best performance since returning to Spurs on loan. He scored twice, and laid on an assist.
Bale opened the scoring with a neat finish, before producing a delightful 50-yard pass that saw Kane neat Pope via a deflection. It was Lucas Moura who made it three after a good Sergio Reguilon cross – and Bale made it four with a brilliant finish.
Son Heung-min saw a right-footed effort expertly saved down to his left by Pope, before he palmed one over the bar from Kane – with the ball moving all over the place. It was an excellent display from the England goalkeeper, despite conceding four.
His outing came under the watchful eye of Jose Mourinho. The Sun claim Tottenham, Chelsea and West Ham are all interested for 28-year-old Pope, but a fee of £50million would have to be paid to sign the ex-Charlton Athletic goalkeeper.
Hugo Lloris remains Spurs captain and goalkeeper. But numerous reports have suggested he could leave this summer, especially since Mauricio Pochettino was installed as PSG manager. A reunion between Pochettino and Lloris could occur in the summer.
Spurs have been linked with a number of goalkeepers over the course of the season. Mike Maignan of Lille, Manchester United’s number two Dean Henderson and even West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone have been suggested as options for Spurs.
But Pope is the latest to be suggested and if his stats are to go by, Spurs will be impressed. In 109 appearances for Burnley, he has clocked up 42 clean sheets – and conceded just 127 goals, for a side that have struggled at times in a relegation scrap.
There is no doubt that Pope is a commanding figure. Excellent from corners and set-pieces, the 6ft 5in goalkeeper is brilliant aerially. Indeed, he is also excellent when it comes to shot-stopping – but he lacks ability with the ball at his feet.
It is a debate Gareth Southgate is going to have in the summer – start Everton’s Jordan Pickford who has good footballing ability, or Pope who is clearly in better form? For Spurs, is Pope the natural replacement for Lloris? Probably not.
But Mourinho may feel that Pope’s shotstopping ability, and aerial ability – an area where Lloris lacks – covers his lack of ability when in possession – even if it costs a figure of £50million in the coming months. Pope has a contract until the summer of 2023.
Tottenham fans discussed his performance and many were impressed with the four-time England international as he made save after save. So much so, that some suggested Spurs need to bring the £35,000-a-week (Spotrac) stopper to North London.
Do we think Pope would be a good addition? Just watched the highlights from yesterday and he made some good saves despite the score line.
— GaB 🏴 (@THFC_GaB) March 1, 2021
Hugo to PSG Pope to Tottenham Kane new skipper #THFC
— Geoffrey Barker (@geofftheyido) February 28, 2021
Decent audition from Pope
— Josh Warden (@THFC_ThexWarden) February 28, 2021
Best of worlds with #THFC today – the return of @GarethBale11, plus @HKane, #Sonny & @LucasMoura7 looking sharp and our transfer target #Pope looking solid. A bag of Monster Munch and a pint for Mr. Dyche please!
— YYJ Spurs Fan (@TngYyj) February 28, 2021
— Matt (@Spurs2380) February 28, 2021
— steelcityspurs (@steelcityspurs) February 28, 2021
Nick Pope is a quality keeper. Some of the saves he's made are elite! In all honesty we should be up 7. If Pope is available, I'd sign. Plaudits to @BurnleyOfficial fornthebway they have developed him. #THFC #COYS #TOTBUR @nickpopemod
— Spider-Tweet90 (@VoiceNote4) February 28, 2021
Pope doing all he can to convince Levy to buy him in the summer
— Aidan (@THFC_aidan_) February 28, 2021
— PatrickTyrant (@patricktyrant) February 28, 2021