Few would be forgiven for pitting the image of retirement with Stoke City striker Peter Crouch as he uploaded an image of him in some resort standing in front of a couple of giraffes as he captioned the picture as spending time with “family.” The England international apart from his reputation for light-hearted jokes, represents the rare breed of professionals…
Even at the age of 36, Peter Crouch still manages to get regular playing time in the Premier League which is a surprising and impressive for any performer and this is a player who has enjoyed going through top clubs including: Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Southampton just to name a few of the more renowned clubs that Peter Crouch has joined.
In every single one of those previously mentioned clubs, Crouch has managed to scored goals and it has helped the Englishman in reaching his milestone of having found the back of the net on 100 different occasions in Premier League games.
Only 26 players have been able to reach this feat and Peter Crouch carved his named as one of those players on February 1st of 2017 when he helped his team Stoke City secure 1 point against Everton in a match that resulted in a 1-1 draw.
Stoke City’s Peter Crouch has made history as he scored his 100th Premier League goal on January 14th after his team faced off with Sunderland in a match that resulted with Stoke City winning the match 3-1.
Peter Crouch is the 26th player that has ever managed to do accomplish this milestone and for a performer that is 35 years old, it’s surprising as well as impressive for somebody with that age range to be not only consistently playing but also writing his name in records of the Premier League.
Peter Crouch has not been a regular starter in Stoke City since the season of 2015-16 when his appearances in the main team took a huge dip and he was only able to make 11 appearances for the English club during that season.
The latest season of the Premier League 2016-17 kicked off on August 13 of 2016 and even though there has been a total of 12 league matches played, Peter Crouch has only been able to make 6 appearances as his time with the first team is extremely limited and rare with the English attacker only being able to get playing time for specific matches.
Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch believes that Jurgen Klopp is the right man for Liverpool.
He said that if there is a manager than can bring the title back to Anfield, it is the German manager. He stated that he has been following Klopp ever since he was at Borussia Dortmund and believes that the manager has the necessary skills and experience to manage a club such as Liverpool.
Crouch said that Klopp had assembled a good team this season and there are already signs that the team is improving. He said that people should judge Liverpool at the end of the season and that it is very likely that the team may end up as champions or close to the top.
Peter Crouch is being viewed by Swansea City as the perfect signing that can overcome their injury crisis up front.
The club have just begun the new campaign with a 1-0 win over newly promoted Burnley. However, manager Francesco Guidolin is concerned about the lack of threat up front due to the latest developments in the summer.BafetimbiGomis has scored some key goals for Swansea since coming to the club two years ago, but he is widely linked with a return to French football with Marseille showing a lot of interest. If the 31-year-old does leave, it would be a catastrophe just a week into the new campaign.
Peter Crouch kept a lot of patience throughout 2015-16 as the opportunities were significantly lesser for him in comparison to the past.
However, he is eager for more involvement in new season.
Crouch is a pragmatic person. He understands that the Potters are a team which have high ambitions and he is not the youngest or the best player they have. He is about to cross 35 now.
Therefore, he is not holding anyone responsible for forcefully keeping him out of reckoning. He himself accepts that he can’t feature in all the matches. But, in his view, the opportunities were too few in 2015-16 and they should not be as few as that this summer.
Crouch reckons he can have fifteen-twenty matches and if he has that many matches, he would eventually make the ton of Premiership goals he has been close to making for so long.
Stoke City coach. Mark Hughes says Ex-Liverpool star, Peter Crouch is still very important at the club despite giving opportunity to other players in the league.
Hughes insists Peter Crouch is still an integral member of the squad despite a lack of first-team action this season.
The Lanky striker was one of Stoke’s standout players during their 1-1 draw against Sunderland.
The forward headed down the ball for team-mate Marko Arnautovic to open the scoring with a powerful left-footed shot. Hughes after the game said:
“Peter was really influential against Sunderland.
“I was really pleased with his performance.”
Hughes has opted to stick with his new-signings this season which has seen Crouch start only four games so far but the Stoke manager has been impressed by the forward when he has been given the opportunity.
Hughes admitted this when he said:
After having joined Stoke City back on August of 2011, Peter Crouch has went on to make over 130 appearances for the Premier League club but it seems like his time at the Britannia Stadium is reaching it’s end.
The 35 year old player has mostly been spending this current season on the sidelines serving a substitute role and Peter Crouch has voiced his desire to get more playing time which is probably only going to occur if he decides to leave Stoke City and join another club.
Out of the 35 Premier League matches that have been played so far, Peter Crouch has only been featured in 9 of those games and the veteran player voiced his disappointment in what has been an underwhelming season for him.
Stoke City defender Phil Bardsley claims that he gets along well with defender Glen Johnson even though both are vying for the same spot in the first-team.
Johnson is currently recovering from a long-term knee injury. He went out of the first-team in the middle of February and it has resulted in Bardsley getting a rare run out in the first-team as a right back. This is his second season at the Britannia stadium and Bardsley has been disappointed with the number of first-team opportunities he has been receiving. Over the course of the entire campaign, he has made only 12 appearances in all competitions.