Nick Pope looks set to be reunited with Chris Wood at Newcastle United.
He appears set to become the club’s second signing of the summer after Matt Targett, and will reportedly cost £10million.
It should prove to be an excellent bit of business by Newcastle, who are about to sign their second player from Burnley this year.
Nick Pope following Chris Wood to Newcastle
Wood joined the Magpies in January for £25million, and now he’s set to be sharing a dressing room with Pope once again.
The pair played at Turf Moor together for four and a half years, with both players boasting very different roles. Wood scored them at one end, while Pope kept them out at the other.
That will hopefully happen at St James’ Park too, with Pope set to compete with Martin Dubravka to be Newcastle’s number one.
He’s certainly capable of replacing Dubravka as Eddie Howe’s number one, and Wood will no doubt be telling his teammates when they can expect from Pope.
And his comments about the goalkeeper form March 2021 prove what an exceptional talent Newcastle are getting.
What Wood previously said on Pope
The striker spoke to TalkSPORT last year about Pope, backing him to be England’s number one at the European Championship.
“He is one of the best keepers I’ve worked with,” Wood said in 2021.
“Shot stopping I think he’s number one. He’s unbelievable at taking pressure from crosses, corners, and every year he’s been better playing out with his feet.
“Ultimately, if I’m putting a keeper in goal, I want him to stop goals, and he’s been a credit for that for us for a number of years now.”
A sign of things to come for Newcastle
It’s a glowing reference from Wood, and paints a bright picture for Newcastle.
The most interesting part of Wood’s comments is his analysis of Pope’s ability to play out from the back. That is the one stick that the former Charlton man gets beaten with.
But Wood believed last year that he was getting better, and he will surely improve further at St James’ Park.
Howe will be keen for Pope to grow, as goalkeeper distribution is an important part of his philosophy. We don’t relentlessly play out from the back like Man City, but it is important that our keeper is good with his feet.
Pope’s shot-stopping and catch-crossing ability is up there with the best in England, and it will be a delight to see him in a Newcastle shirt.
Fans are excited, and Wood surely is too.