Burnley’s Pope moves ahead of Europe’s best goalkeepers

Nick Pope started the season for Burnley probably thinking that he would spend the majority of the Premier League campaign on the bench.

The 25-year-old, who began his career at Bury Town, joined the Clarets last year from Charlton Athletic.

With Tom Heaton as Sean Dyche’s number one, Pope was signed as a back-up, but a shoulder injury to the number one threw the second-string keeper into the deep end.

Heaton has been out of acton since dislocating his shoulder in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on September 10.

Pope has started four games in all competitions since then, and in that time has kept two clean sheets and conceded three goals.

In the Premier League, though, he has only allowed one goal to get past him, which was in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool last month.

In addition, OptaJoe has revealed that the Englishman is the best goalkeeper across the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 in terms of saves.

The former non-league player currently has better statistics than Manchester United star David de Gea and Barcelona stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

In the league, Pope has faced 18 shots and he has saved 94% of them, helping Burnley climb to sixth in the table.