Peter Crouch

Longtime Premier League striker Peter Crouch retires

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At 38 years old, Peter Crouch has finally decided to call time on his career, hanging up his boots after a fabulous 19-year career that saw him attain numerous highs. Literally.

Crouch, known for his height and the finishing abilities that came with it, came up through the Tottenham youth system, but never made it initially with the London club, instead making his professional debut in the Championship (then known as the First Division) in 2000 with Queens Park Rangers. He went on to play for Portsmouth before making his Premier League debut with Aston Villa in 2002.

Eventually, the journeyman would play for Norwich City, Southampton, and Liverpool before returning to Tottenham in 2009 to play two full seasons at his boyhood club. At Liverpool, Crouch would reach the Champions League final in 2007, a game where Rafa Benitez decided to leave Crouch on the bench instead of start him despite his contribution of six goals during the European campaign, a decision which Crouch has admitted is still a difficult memory as the Reds fell 2-1 to AC Milan.

After leaving Spurs in 2012, Crouch would spend eight seasons at Stoke City, by far his longest spell at any club. He left Stoke City this past winter after 202 Premier League appearances with the Potters, playing the last half of the season at Burnley before calling time on his career.

All told, Crouch made 467 Premier League appearances across his career, scoring 106 goals and popularizing his robot dance celebration. He would also attain 42 caps for the England national team, scoring 22 goals for the country, including his only World Cup goal in 2006 against Trinidad & Tobago. He also appeared as a substitute in the 2010 World Cup, including a 12-minute substitute appearance against the United States in the opening group stage game. Oddly enough, Crouch never appeared in a Euro match for England, as the country did not qualify for Euro 2008, the only competition that took place during the meat of his international career.

In his retirement announcement, an article with the Daily Mail, Crouch says he had hoped to play until he was 40 but said “circumstances over the last couple of seasons have made me realize that this is the right thing to do.”

Crouch admitted in his announcement he had grown weary of being a late-game bench option. “I will be 39 in January but I am physically fit and could have carried on. What I didn’t want to be was someone who was thrown on to have balls smashed up to them.”

Still, the Spurs youth product says he never could have dreamed where his career would take him.

“Football has opened up avenues that I never thought were possible when I started scoring goals in the Hayes and District league as an Under 10. Football, simply, made my dreams come true. I think back to when I was 17. I was a trainee at Tottenham then but there were 10 forwards in front of me, blocking my route to the first team. They loaned me out to Dulwich Hamlet then I went to IFK Hassleholm in Sweden. Let’s be honest – you would not have taken odds on me making it then. If you had told me at that point I would go on to play for England 42 times and score 22 goals, play for Liverpool in a Champions League and FA Cup final and score the goal that put Tottenham back in the European Cup for the first time in four decades, I would have had you locked up.”

Crouch, known for his beaming smile and happy-go-lucky attitude, has built a strong off-the-field image and seems primed for a strong post-football media career. He has built a brand with his self-titled podcast and regular written appearances in the Daily Mail.

Done Deals: Crouch back in PL; N’Koudou leaves Spurs again

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Peter Crouch is back in the PL after six months in the Championship on the back of Stoke City’s relegation last May. The 38-year-old aerial specialist is set to join Burnley in the Clarets’ own battle against relegation (they sit 17th, four points clear of 18th, with 14 games left to play). Fellow forward Sam Vokes will, in turn, be leaving the club and taking Crouch’s place at the bet365 Stadium.


Georges-Kevin N’Koudou’s time at Tottenham Hotspur has come to an end, again, as the 23-year-old French winger has joined Monaco on loan until the end of the season. It’s N’Koudou’s second loan spell away from his parent club (he went to Burnley last season), for whom he’s made fewer than a dozen PL appearances since arriving in the summer of 2016.


Aboubakar Kamara did himself no favors in the eyes of Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri when he broke rank and insisted that he be the one to take an 81st-minute penalty kick in a scoreless game against fellow relegation candidates Huddersfield Town. Kamara’s effort was saved, but Fulham would grab a winner in stoppage time. Following a brief banishment from training, Kamara returned to the club’s facilities and was arrested after getting into a fight with a staff member, booked on suspicion of “actual bodily harm and criminal damage.” All of that is to say, the situation was beyond untenable, and Kamara has joined Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor on loan until the end of the season.


Elsewhere in the relegation scrap, Cardiff City have signed Reading right back/winger Leandro Bacuna for an undisclosed fee. Bacuna previously appeared in the PL during part of his four-year spell at Aston Villa. With 14 games left to play, the Bluebirds sit 18th in the PL table, four points adrift of safety.

Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke City: Cherries comeback complete

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  • Shaqiri opens scoring
  • Cherries go ninth with comeback
  • Stoke dips 18th

Lys Mousset and Joshua King led a home comeback to delight the Vitality Stadium crowd, as Bournemouth topped Stoke City 2-1 on Saturday.

Xherdan Shaqiri put Stoke ahead on a neat feed from new Potters midfielder Badou Ndiaye, but Paul Lambery’s men tossed away the lead in the second half.

Bournemouth goes ninth with 31 points, while Stoke dips into the drop zone on 24.

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A very lively Stoke start could’ve seen a goal within four minutes had Steve Cook not darted to the line to defy Xherdan Shaqiri’s hard rip.

He didn’t deny the next one, as Stoke had a marker within five when new man Badou Ndiaye sent a delightful cross to the back post for Shaqiri to nod home.

Ndiaye just missed a debut goal in the 20th minute after a slick pass from Peter Crouch.

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Bournemouth was plenty lively, though, and Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas were among the Cherries prodding their club back into the fight.

Shaqiri’s long diagonal had a little too much zip for the outstretched legs of Peter Crouch akimbo, and it remains 1-0 at the hour mark.

Crouch then did meet a Shaqiri cross, but headed off the bar.

Yet it was Bournemouth who’d level and then go ahead, with substitutes scoring the goals.

First King found a rebound in the 70th minute, and then a more highlight-deserving goal coming from Mousset’s heading a free kick at the back post for his first PL goal in his 23rd league appearance.

Peter Crouch signs new contract at Stoke City

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The master of headed goals and substitute appearances will be staying at Stoke City for the foreseeable future.

Peter Crouch, 36, agreed to a new one-year contract extension on Tuesday, as he will remain at Stoke until at least the summer of 2019.

Crouch holds the Premier League record for most headed goals in league history, plus the most substitute appearances, and this season he has jumped off the bench to score a winner against Southampton, plus equalizers against West Brom and Leicester City.

Speaking about the new deal, Mark Hughes was delighted to lock Crouch down to more time at the bet365 Stadium.

“Peter has been with Stoke longer than he has been with any other club which I think speaks volumes for how he views us and how we view him,” Hughes said. “He still has so much to offer us. He may be 36 but he continues to have a major impact on games, as he has proved on numerous occasions this season.”

Crouch is in the twilight of his career but his unique skill set means he is still extremely valuable at the top level. Although he has voiced his discontent at not starting a single Premier League game this season, Crouch is obviously satisfied with the role he will have at Stoke over the next two seasons.

Late in games his arrival off the bench often spooks opposition defenses and if he’s not getting on the end of crosses and high balls himself, he’s creating mayhem for other Stoke attackers to benefit from.

The former QPR, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool and Tottenham forward joined Stoke in 2011 and has scored 58 goals in 212 appearances for the Potters in all competitions. He has scored 201 goals in 680 career appearances and has vast experience in European competitions as well as playing in 18 PL campaigns and scoring 22 goals in 42 appearances for England.

With Stoke currently in 15th place in the PL and and just three points above the relegation zone, Crouch will have a big part to play in the Potters climbing up the table. His four goals in 11 games in all competitions this season means he is Stoke’s top scorer, while Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Mame Diouf, Jese and Saido Berahino have scored just seven goals between them this season.

Stoke will lean heavily on Crouch’s experience to drag themselves away from the bottom three in the upcoming months.

Notable stats from the Premier League weekend — Week 11

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What numbers jump out following another entertaining three days in the Premier League? We culled the web, with help from Opta, to find out.

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— 4 — Points claimed by West Brom in nine matches since opening the season with wins over Bournemouth and Burnley.

— 96.6 — PL-leading pass completion percentage from Man City’s John Stones, almost four percent more than runner-up Davinson Sanchez.

— 5 — Number of Man City players in the Top Ten for passes per game, including Stones, Fernandinho, David Silva, Nicolas Otamendi, and Kevin De Bruyne.

— 4.2 — Leicester City’s Wilfried Ndidi has played every minute for the Foxes, leading the league in tackles per game with 4.2.

— 2.5 — Ndidi also leads the league in times dribbles past per game.

— 22 — Goals conceded this season by Stoke City, Everton, and Crystal Palace, the most in the league.

— 38 — Goals scored by Man City, 15 more than any team in the Premier League.

— 19 — Burnley’s point total this season, one more than the almost historically low total one idiot writer predicted for them before the season.

— 142 — Peter Crouch appearances as a substitute. The giant scored off the bench in a 2-2 draw with Leicester City.

— 5 — Yellow cards each for Man City’s Nicolas Otamendi and countryman/ex-teammate Pablo Zabaleta of West Ham, tops in the PL.