Newcastle could have easily stuck with Martin Dubravka this summer, who enjoyed a strong end to the 2021-22 season.
However, Burnley’s relegation provided them with an golden opportunity to snap up one of the Premier League’s most underappreciated goalkeepers at a knockdown price.
Since sealing his £10 million ($11.5m) move to St James’ Park, Pope has helped the Magpies register one of the best defensive records in the Premier League.
He has also addressed a key criticism that has been levelled at him in recent years. In the past, Pope has been accused of being unable to play with his feet and sweep up long passes. However, this season, no goalkeeper comes close to the amount of defensive actions he’s completed outside the penalty area. Just call him Nick Neuer.