Great in Europe and International football, but why does Crouch fail to replicate his goalscoring prowess in the Premier League.

Posted: April 27, 2011 in Football Blogs, Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur

As I write this article Peter Crouch has just been sent off against Real Madrid for two ridiculous tackles, how is that for irony! Anyway any striker that has 22 goals in 42 international games for England is going to be a class act week in week out for his team; that is what you expect anyway. Peter Crouch has never been prolific by any stretch of the imagination. Crouch’s most successful goals to games ratio in the league came in his first stint at Portsmouth, then in the first division, with 18 goals in 37 games.

It has always been said the style of football played at league, Europe and international level differs and Peter Crouch epitomises this difference. Not one to suggest Crouch has split personalities but the England international appears to be a more influential player when playing outside of the Premier League.

League football whether Premier League or Championship is a more frenetic game, with players having less time and space on the ball which in turn produces a more physical game that a player such as ‘Crouchy’ does not feel at his most comfortable. Champions League and International football tend to be played at a more controlled pace allowing for that ‘extra second or two’ on the ball or thinking time; two aspects which allow Crouch to play his more natural game.

For all his height Peter Crouch isn’t the most orthodox of target men. With his tendency to be comfortable with the ball at his feet and inability to consistently win aerial battles has thrown up the surprising fact that he has been at his best, at Spurs, assisting no less than six of Rafael Van Der Vaart’s goals so far. This begs the question have managers throughout Crouch’s career misunderstood his 6ft7 inches.

Peter Crouch does have ‘the element of surprise’ about him and for all his awkwardness he does find the net on a regular basis for England. However when you consider nine of Crouch’s England goals have come against the footballing minnows of Jamaica, Belarus, Egypt and Andorra, respectively, are his stats that impressive?

For all the transfer fees Crouch has cost several top clubs and the rumours that are constantly circulated about the ‘big man’s’ next move; this journalist still considers that at the end of Crouch’s playing career, there will still be a question mark as to whether he was really a top European and international marksman or just a poor Premiership striker.


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