Port Vale’s Tom Pope named League Two Player of the Month


Port Vale forward Tom Pope has been named EFL League Two Player of the Month for October.

Pope grabbed six goals in five league outings for the Valiants, who have enjoyed a remarkable turn of form since the arrival of new manager Neil Aspin.

Vale were stranded in the relegation zone upon Aspin’s arrival, but now sit just outside and a win away from a breathing room in 18th place.

Their revival has been partly thanks to the hot form of Tom Pope, who set the tone for a new era under Aspin as he struck in the new manager’s opening defeat against Grimsby.

Pope grabbed a brace against both Cheltenham Town and Morecambe before also scoring against promotion- chasing Exeter City.

After receiving the award, he said: “Individual awards are hard to come by in football, but that award is really a reflection on my teammates.

“I can’t score goals without service, so if I’m scoring goals it means my teammates are doing something right”

His manager was thankful for his service to the club, saying his performances have warranted the prestigious award.

“It’s an award that Tom fully deserves,” Aspin said. “He has been excellent not only in his play but also in his work rate. He shows everything that I want in a player with his desire and commitment.”



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