Ex-England international striker Peter Crouch is set to sign for the Clarets as Wales International Sam Vokes goes the other way. Crouch will sign on a free transfer whilst Stoke City shell out £7m for Sam Vokes in their bid to return to the Top Flight.
Famed for his height, overhead kicks and robotic celebration, Peter Crouch will join the Clarets with a wealth of Premier League experience behind him. He’s journeyed all over the country, playing for Aston Villa, Southampton, Portsmouth, Tottenham & Liverpool before joining Stoke in 2011.
It’s an odd feeling as a Burnley fan to see Crouch sign for a club where fans once chanted “freak” at him in his first appearance at Turf Moor for Queens Park Rangers. (Source: I was there!)
Football fans are fickle though. Crouch has won many fans over since then, moving on to play in the UCL for Liverpool & Tottenham. He also has a great goal scoring record at international level for England. (42 caps/22 goals).
Crouch turned 38 yesterday, and will join ex-Stoke teammate Phil Bardsley provided the transfer goes ahead before the deadline today.
What’s interesting is that despite his incredible height, (6’7”/2.01m) Crouch has never been a physical player. His style has always been more about clever positioning and link-up play – he epitomises the cliché “good touch for a big man.”
So Burnley could well have signed a player who, especially since he’s unlikely to be in the starting XI, could prove useful for another couple of seasons.
I for one am happy to see Crouchy return to the Premier League. When asked what he would be if he wasn’t a footballer, Crouchy replied, “Single.” So it’s good to see him still in demand.
His footballing brain belongs at the top-level. It will be interesting to see if his robotic body still has what it takes.