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Nick Pope has produced 29 points from his last three appearances

If Burnley escape relegation this season then Nick Pope (£2.5m) should be given the freedom of the town.

The 30-year-old has faced a thankless tasks most weeks this season but his performances in recent weeks have earned the Clarets some vital points.

Interim manager Mike Jackson watched his side frustrate Wolves at Turf Moor on Sunday before Matej Vydra (£1.6m) scored the game’s only goal to move Burnley up to 17th.

Pope wasn’t as busy as he has been in other games but still he was needed to make four important saves – an effort that earned him his second Star Man award in as many Game Weeks.

Earning his keep

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Earning his keep

The England international’s heroic effort against West Ham at the London Stadium last weekend helped his side claim a potentially decisive point in the face of persistent pressure.

Add in a clean sheet and a 7+ rating against Southampton in midweek and Pope has produced 29 points in his last three appearances.

In the extreme short term, Burnley’s No1 is the most in-form player in his position.

This sudden burst has propelled Pope to 83 points overall, the same tally achieved by Hugo Lloris (£3.1m) at this stage.

The pair are the joint-sixth best keepers at the time of writing.

Pope has often been Burnley’s saviour

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Pope has often been Burnley’s saviour

Understandably, just 0.6% of Dream Team gaffers have benefited from Pope’s prosperous run.

He’s an outstanding individual but clean sheets require a collective effort and any team hovering around the drop zone will generally have struggled defensively by their very nature.

However, some Dream Team bosses may see Pope as a potentially viable differential for the remainder of the campaign given the fixture list.

Burnley travel to Vicarage Road this coming weekend to face a Watford team that have set unwanted records with their dismal home form.

Then in May, Pope faces Aston Villa twice, Spurs and Newcastle – if Harry Kane (£7.4m) and company remain as disconnected as they have been if their last two outings then that’s a relatively favourable run-in.