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.
Remi Garde believes whatever General Charles Krulak has said, it’s because he is hugely passionate about Aston Villa.
In an animated interview the previous evening, Krulak, the countryman as well as the best mate of the Villa chairman Mr. Randy Lerner, emphasized that the situation has not gone out of hands for the Lions and they can avoid relegation if they battle as hard as marines.
Villa is right down at the bottom of the Premier League standings at the moment.
They have won just one game out of their 20 and many believe it’s virtually impossible for them to be able to get out of the bottom 3 now with less than half of the total no. of games left.
But, according to Krulak, there’s nothing like impossible in this world and the Villa players will have to back themselves to turn it around.
The General was quoted as saying, “Three back-to-back victories and it would turn around. You need to believe you can do it.”
Mark Hughes has made some big changes to the goalkeeping position of his team in Stoke City as Shay Given was signed to the Premier League club and AsmirBegovic is on the verge on being offloaded to Chelsea.
Stoke City signed the 39 year old Shay Given on a 2 year long contract as the experienced shot-stopper was lured in from Aston Villa. The veteran shot-stopper was initially not expected to turn into an active or influential figure in his new club at the Britannia Stadium but considering that Begovic is close to signing with Chelsea, now Shay Given might be the main goal-keeper of Stoke City for the next few seasons or at least provide Jack Butland with some serious competition.