Newcastle United may have given Nick Pope promise as new details emerge - pundit
Nick Pope may have been promised the role of first-choice goalkeeper at Newcastle United, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League striker claimed Pope will get even better at St. James’ Park with Martin Dubravka for competition.
Newcastle confirmed last week (23 June) that they had signed the 30-year-old on a permanent deal from Burnley.
The Athletic reported last week (23 June) that it is expected he will challenge Dubravka for the starting spot.
But Whelan has suggested he may have been promised regular game time to convince him to make the move.
He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I expect him to be number one, absolutely.
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“It’s a great price for a fantastic player. He’s got international recognition and loads of Premier League experience.
“I think that’s a really good buy by Newcastle. He gives them that challenge to Dubravka that he needs.
“I think he will be number one, I don’t think he would have gone to Newcastle to sit on the bench.
“That competition is open now, two fantastic goalkeepers vying for that one spot to start the season. Generally, when you have two players like that pushing each other it brings the best out of them.
“Again, they are going into the right sector of players who are going to make Newcastle progress towards their long-term goals which is wanting to be in that top-six, top-eight next season.
“I think they are signing the right players to do that.”