Goalkeeper tipped for the top as incredible half-pitch throw leaves fans in awe

Plymouth Argyle fans were left jaw-dropped by their second goal against Burton Albion this weekend as their goalkeeper Michael Cooper threw the ball over half of the length of the pitch.

The Pilgrims climbed to the top of League One with a 2-1 victory over Burton.

Everton academy graduate Conor Grant opened the scoring in the 15th minute before loanee Ryan Broom made it 2-0 just 28 minutes later.

Lucas Adkins scored The Brewers’ 700th Football League goal in the 59th minute, but that striker only proved a consolation.

However, it wasn’t the table-topping result that has caused a stir amongst the Plymouth faithful, it was the assist of the assist for their second goal.

In the 43rd minute, goalkeeper Cooper collected the ball, ran to the edge of his area and then launched an unbelievable throw that looped over every outfield player and into the Burton half.

Striker Ryan Hardie then latched on to the throw approximately 40 yards from goal before driving at goal before cutting it back to Broom to slot in.

Cooper, who is just 22 years old, has impressed since breaking into the Plymouth first team last season.

He has kept four clean sheets in 12 appearances this season and is being tipped to move to a club higher up the footballing ladder at some point in the future.

Fans flooded to Twitter to comment on Cooper’s throw, with one fan saying: “Michael Cooper is going all the way.”

Another said: “Going to be gutting when Michael Cooper leaves Argyle but will be great seeing him play for England.”

Football League World reported in the summer that several Premier League clubs are keeping tabs on the Pilgrims’ academy graduate.

Aston Villa, Southampton and Brentford are all interested in signing the English shot-stopper, and a whole host of Championship clubs are also scouting the goalkeeper as he continues to improve.

Cooper signed a contract extension in April that keeps him at Argyle until 2024, but if a significant offer does arrive for the young prospect then the club may be tempted to let him leave and fulfil his potential elsewhere.

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