He’s been a key attribute to a Tony Pulis era at Stoke, but a revelation in football has seen him out of favour with the likes of Bojan and Joselu emerging as fan favourites. At 34 years old he’s definitely reaching the end of his career but he’s still got the ability to be a useful outfit for two clubs in particular.
Crouch has been a regular for a number of Premier League clubs over his career including Tottenham and Portsmouth where he struck a deadly partnership with fellow England International Jermaine Defoe. Despite having almost opposite footballing styles they both proved to be a perfect blend. The height of Crouch with the pace and agility of Defoe excelled in providing success. Scoring a combined 25 goals in their time at Portsmouth before moving onto Tottenham where this form continued with Defoe scoring 47 goals in his five year tenure and Crouch scoring 12 in his two years at the club. These two Premier league veterans could be the passion and quality that Sunderland need to get out of the relegation scrap their in. It would be a welcomed addition for Sam Allardyce without burning his pocket. He was criticised at West Ham for the style of football played when he first arrived with the long ball up to Andy Carroll constantly criticised. However I’m sure Sunderland wouldn’t mind this tactic being used as many times as its needed as-long as points are increasing on that board.
Their eleven points off safety and with only one win in twenty some drastic changes in January are needed if they are to get another win never mind avoid relegation. His previous stint at Aston Villa wasn’t as glamorous as his times at other clubs yet he still made an impression scoring on his debut against Newcastle. His Premier League experience would be an invaluable asset to a team that’s struggling everywhere on the pitch. He will provide an out ball when under pressure and possibly form a similar relationship with Sinclair or Ayew as he did with Defoe. His potency in front of goal is something that would be welcome. Despite all this I feel this is an option he will deny. Despite being at the butt of many jokes every football fan applauds him for what he’s brought to the game and I’m sure he would like to leave a positive legacy and I believe with the pressure and expectancy this would be difficult for him to achieve.