Stoke striker ponders future at the Britannia

December 30, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Former England forward Peter Crouch Peter Crouch helped book Stoke’s place in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Doncaster on Saturday, then warned he may be forced to quit the club due to his lack of first team chances.The 34-year-old scored his side’s first-half opener then played a part in Jonathan Walters’ thundering second after Nathan Tyson’s equaliser threatened to serve up an upset for the League One side.Leeds United manager Steve Evans has admitted to enquiries into the former England striker’s availability, but he was told a deal would not be happening.The 6ft 7in forward has now started just five games for the Potters this season – all of them in the Cup – and admitted his frustration at falling out of the first team picture after a hamstring injury.Crouch told the Potters’ website: “Ideally I’d like to stay at Stoke because I think we’re a top 10 side and I’d like to be a part of that.“But I’ve got to be realistic – I’ve featured hardly at all in the Premier League and that’s what I want to be doing. If needs be I’ll have to move on but I’d rather not.“It’s been frustrating at times when you don’t feel part of the group but all you can do is work hard and get back in there – and hopefully I’ve done myself a bit of justice.Mark Hughes’ desire to keep hold of Crouch will be obvious after an excellent performance which began with the striker producing a deft finish to put his side ahead after just 15 minutes.Crouch responded sweetly to a right-wing cross from team-mate Joselu to send a neat shot past Thorsten Stuckmann and seemingly pave the way for a comfortable win for the favourites. 1last_img read more