Tottenham should target Nick Pope to replace Hugo Lloris in the long-term
Tottenham are going to be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper in the coming seasons, with reports claiming Hugo Lloris could be in his last contract with the club.
Football.London claimed this month that Spurs are unlikely to offer the Frenchman, 33, a new deal, meaning his current contract – due to expire in 2022 – will be his last with the club.
That means, then, that Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy will be scouring the market for a replacement. Of course, work may already be underway on that front, with Paulo Gazzaniga and Joe Hart unlikely to inherit Lloris’ throne.
However, the answer for Tottenham could be right on the Premier League doorstep in the shape of Burnley stopper, Nick Pope.
The England man got his first clean-sheet of this campaign tonight at West Brom, pulling off a couple of fine saves to once again underline his credentials as a future Three Lions number one.
But it’s just the odd performance from Pope that marks him out.
Pope has been simply superb since emerging from the shadows of Tom Heaton at Turf Moor and snatching the number one jersey from the now Aston Villa stopper.
His rise has been admirable. Brilliant performance after brilliant performance once again helping Burnley cement themselves in the Premier League. Indeed, 16 clean-sheets last season tells its own story. Not bad for a ‘keeper in his first full season of PL football.
England honours will come. He is in competition with Jordan Pickford and Dean Henderson, but he’s already stepped in for Gareth Southgate and it seems only a matter of time before he’s the permanent number one.
Pope is 28 at the moment. But as we know with goalkeepers, that gives him a good five to six years of his prime left. He’ll want to challenge himself at a higher level too, you’d think.
A move to Spurs, then, could well prove a match made in heaven at a time when the Londoners need a new stopper among the ranks.