Bournemouth opinion: Should the Cherries go for Nick Pope?
Bournemouth didn’t have the best season in the end but if injuries and various other factors had gone their way, maybe it could have been different. Maybe the Cherries could have challenged for a place in the top ten or maybe even top seven.
While things may be changing at the club, times aren’t. One of Eddie Howe’s biggest issues this season has been at the back and more specifically, their goalkeepers. Asmir Begovic walked into the season as the number one pick but by the end, he was out and Artur Boruc was in.
That wouldn’t have been too much of a problem if Boruc wasn’t 39 years old. The Polish international has been a rather good shot-stopper over the course of his career but his days of doing that should be over soon.
While he’s not ready to be sent to stables just yet, Boruc shouldn’t be playing regular first-team football.
That is especially not for a club that’s looking to not just stay in the Premier League but thrive in it. It’s probably why Bournemouth have been linked with a move for Jack Butland but it seems that Burnley’s Nick Pope has entered the conversation.
The Daily Mail has reported that the club have re-entered the race for the 26-year-old and given their situation, that should come as little surprise. Things need to change for Bournemouth and adding someone like Pope will certainly help with that change.
A very talented shot-stopper, the 26-year-old has struggled with injuries this season but his form last season is one of the many reasons why Bournemouth need to get him.
He proved on more than one occasion why he’s far more reliable than either Jordan Pickford or even Tom Heaton at times. Furthermore, with his reflexes and ability on the ball, it makes Nick Pope much more reliable than either Asmir Begovic or Arthur Boruc.
Sure, the 27-year-old needs time to re-adjust to the Premier League after dislocating his shoulder but even on his worst days, the Englishman is a good option to have.
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Bournemouth are a club on the rise and they need to stop looking at 30+ players to reinforce their side. Nick Pope will help them change that in the near future.
The former Charlton man is a worthy player to add to their ranks and his experience will only serve to help the club.