‘The Pope’s excellence takes Newcastle to the final’

‘The Pope’s excellence takes Newcastle to the final’

Nick Pope prepares to save Southampton clash
According to Opta data, Nick Pope has kept a clean sheet in 10 games in all competitions. This is something no Premier League goalkeeper has done in at least his decade.

Newcastle United’s new era of wealth has brought new ambitions and heavy spending under Saudi ownership, but the £10m handed to Burnley for Nick Pope has been truncated. It looks like

More money could have been spent elsewhere, but few signings were better value for money than the 30-year-old England keeper and the major club Newcastle have missed them since 1969. He proved more than his worth when he got close to the trophy.

History has weighed heavily on Newcastle and their enthusiastic support, with high expectations added since Mike Ashley sold out. After a narrow victory in the first leg of the semi-final against Southampton thanks to Joelinton’s goal, they are now solid contenders for a place in the Carabao Cup final.

It’s been a long and painful wait since winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, but judging by Toon Army’s wild celebrations at the final whistle, there’s hope that the long and barren year may finally be over. is rising.

And at its heart, a magnificent Pope and a mean defense that refuses to give in, provided manager Eddie Howe with a solid foundation for his Newcastle rebuild.

With two crucial saves from substitute Choi Adams scoreless in Pope’s shutout at Southampton, he now has an astonishing record of 10 consecutive clean sheets in all competitions. means that there is This makes him the first goalkeeper in the Premier League to achieve such a feat, according to his Opta stats dating back to August 2012.

He has kept 16 clean sheets in 24 appearances this season, far ahead of anyone else, with Manchester United’s David De Gea second on the list with 12 in 27 appearances.

Pope exudes an air of confidence and conviction behind the Newcastle defense that has had an effect on the opposing striker. did not have sufficient accuracy for

And to add to his impressive list of stats, Pope has not conceded a goal since Newcastle United’s last visit to St Mary’s on 6 November.

Newcastle team-mate Bruno Guimaraes was perhaps blinded by the strong scent of victory when he described Pope as ‘the best goalkeeper in the world’ in a post-match interview, but he’s had a great season. There is no doubt that

Pope was in England’s World Cup squad in Qatar and was considered the third favorite behind Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale. Manager Gareth Southgate’s decision to stay would naturally keep Pickford on pole position, but Pope is doing everything in his power to make his case.

clean sheets
Newcastle lead the most clean sheets in all competitions in Europe this season.

When Howe was manager of Bournemouth, the criticism directed at him was that against all of their aggressive enterprise, he was unable to strengthen their defense.

You can’t charge the same rate now. An outstanding defense is built around the players he signed Pope, Kieran Trippier, Sven Botman, Dan Byrne and the players he inherited.

As a result, it could be a dream season as they reach Wembley in their first major final since the 1999 FA Cup, finishing third behind leaders Arsenal and advancing to the top of the Premier League. Champions Manchester City.

And even if goals have dried up in recent weeks, Newcastle can still count on that defense. This is the most average of the top flight, with only 11 goals conceded in 20 games in all competitions and 14 goals lost in 26 games.

It is this platform that Newcastle will play and are confident of finishing the job against Southampton in the second leg in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Tyneside.

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