Nick Pope produced a stunning save to deny Adam Lallana on Saturday, and the Brighton midfielder has heaped praise on Newcastle’s £10million man.
The 30-year-old was our man of the match at the Amex. He produced save after save to ensure the Magpies headed back to the North East with a point.
It wasn’t a brilliant performance from Eddie Howe’s side, who looked seriously lacking in attack. However, we were decent at the back and had Pope to rely on in between the sticks.
It feels as though Pope has truly arrived as a Newcastle player now, and Lallana has spoke incredibly highly of the England international.
Adam Lallana comments on Nick Pope
After the game, the Brighton midfielder spoke to the Athletic and addressed Pope’s performance.
“Pope was man of the match and that explains it all,” he said.
“He’s a world class keeper, plays for England. He showed exactly why Newcastle bought him in the summer. I know him from my time with England. He’s a great lad and he’s a great shot-stopper.”
High praise for Newcastle’s summer signing
If Lallana thinks Pope is world class then who are we to argue? He certainly proved why he was brought to Newcastle this summer, that’s for sure.
It didn’t look like we needed a goalkeeper, but Pope is certainly a level above Martin Dubravka. That’s a testament to the former Burnley man rather than a slight at the Slovakian.
Pope’s save to deny Lallana was special. It looked for all the world that he was going to score. Brighton worked it brilliantly, put a great cross in, Lallana got in between the defenders and sent a downward header back where it came from. He did everything right.
Then the big palm of Nick Pope came to Newcastle’s rescue, like it will hopefully do many times this season.
His arrival highlights the further heightening of standards at St James’ Park since the takeover. He’s the second current England international to move here. Given how good the Three Lions are right now, it says a lot about Newcastle’s pulling power.
The Magpies are signing top class players who are massively improving the team. That’s why we are being so cautious heading into the final weeks of the window.
Every signing needs to be the right one. The right profile, character, ability and price. Newcastle are being sensible, and that’s exactly what getting Nick Pope for £10million was.