Sky pundit hails Burnley player alongside Manchester City ace, claims he 'punches above his weight'

Former England goalkeeper Rob Green has lavished praise on Burnley number one Nick Pope.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 7:00 pm
Nick Pope of Burnley. (Photo by Jon Super - Pool/Getty Images)

The 28-year-old has enjoyed another eye-catching season for the Clarets, and has so far kept nine clean sheets in 28 matches, making 99 saves in the process.

Those tallies are the sixth and fourth-highest in the division respectively, speaking on Sky Sports News, Green was quick to hail the Turf Moor stopper as an unsung hero.

When asked about his favourite top flight goalkeepers, he said: “For me, [Manchester City keeper] Ederson just brings a whole new expanse to the game – how he’s been brought in and the way he affects a whole team, and how he can just change the game in a blink of an eye.

"For goalkeeping levels and for consistency of performance, and somebody who’s had an incredible story from having been where he came from and the background he came from is Nick Pope. Getting into the Premier League, getting into the England squad.

"If you are a young lad wanting to be a goalkeeper, look at his story, look at how hard he works, and look at being someone who has just nailed down a position of their own.

"Year on year he punches above his weight, and he’s a fantastic asset.”

Pope enjoyed several spells in non-league football after being released by Ipswich Town as a youth player, and signed for the Clarets from Charlton Athletic in 2016.

Since then, he has cemented his place as number one at Turf Moor, and has gone on to win four caps for England.