At 38: Crouch wants to know it again
Peter Crouch turned 38 on Wednesday. On Thursday, the attacker returned to the Premier League: the former English international leaves Stoke City and joins FC Burnley. Sam Vokes goes the other way.
As FC Burnley announced on Thursday evening, Crouch will join the Clarets until the end of the season. But even this summer is not over yet: “Mark Hughes (former coach Crouchs at Stoke; d.Red) played, I think, until he was 40. That’s my goal, too,” said Crouch. “And I hope I can do that with Burnley in the Premier League.”
Crouch doesn’t feel too old for the Premier League. “I have to admit that my game has changed a bit,” said Crouch, “I’m not 25 anymore.” Speed, Crouch said, was never one of his strengths anyway, so the loss of speed wasn’t that bad. “But my strengths are still there,” says Crouch. These include assertiveness, anticipation, a proven goal-sniller and, above all, header strength. The attacker knows how to master his 2.01 meters in the air and holds the record in the Premier League with 53 header goals.
Overall, Burnley is Crouch’s seventh station in the Premier League. He made his debut with Aston Villa in 2002 and joined Stoke in 2011 through Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth and Tottenham. He scored a total of 107 goals in 462 Premier League matches, making him one of 28 players to score in the triple-digit English elite class. He scored 22 goals for the English national team in 42 international matches between 2005 and 2010.
“I still have goals,” Crouch announced on the club’s website. “I want more Premier League matches and I want to increase my goal account. I’m hungry and want to prove that the people who have already written me off are wrong.” Crouch could get his first chance to put his words into action as early as next Saturday in his home game against his ex-club FC Southampton. An important game for the two neighbours, who are four points clear of the relegation zone with 23 points each. The winner of the game will get some air for the time being.
Vokes goes the other way round
In return, Sam Vokes will leave FC Burnley and join Stoke City. The 29-year-old signed a three-and-a-half year contract with the Potters until June 2022. The attacker has played at Burnley since 2012 and scored 17 goals in 102 Premier League matches.