Recent reports have linked lanky Stoke striker Peter Crouch with West Ham United amidst speculation that a potential move for Andy Carroll could not be due to financial fair play rules that are set to kick in some next season.
The 32 year old has scored just 6 goals in 32 outings this season whereas Carroll has scored 7 in just 22.
Despite recent links I would put this potential deal down to nothing more than lazy journalism which has been ‘creatively’ thought up to balance interdependently with our ‘long ball’ style of play. I highly doubt a player of Crouch’s age and ability will be signed as we attempt to become a bigger and better club; Hence the move to the Olympic Stadium.
Crouch has been a great goal-scoring presence for the England team during his 42 appearances, but seems to be a lot more lacklustre when it comes to club status; 16 goals in 64 appearances for Stoke City.
A move for Crouch would be a wrong move in my opinion, with the striker having a poor goal-scoring season for the Potters, and ourselves looking for a prolific goal-scorer that can bag 15+ goals per season.
With our transfer kitty next season we need to focus our aims on bigger players that can improve the team, and obviously we cannot attract big named stars at this current time, but we should move for bigger players (Than the likes of Crouch and Carlton Cole), or younger ones with great potential.
To me, there are better players out there, and with Crouch turning 33 next January, we really do need to focus our attention on other players such as Wilfreid Bony. Despite saying that, I feel we haven’t been looking at Crouch, and this speculation has been made up due to our supposed style of play and his height.
Carroll’s potential move that may have been squandered due to financial rules has led to such story and this has been both lazy, and easy for someone to make up. To start, this isn’t the first time we have been linked with crouch.