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Liverpool Striker Would Do Well at Newcastle

11:50 am, Monday, February 18th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

There is news today that Peter Crouch is considering buying out his contract with the Liverpool club in the summer.

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Peter Crouch
– has option to buy out his contract at Liverpool

The Sunday Telegraph reported yesterday that Crouch is not particularly happy at Anfield, and has made only 17 starts for the club this season. With Fernando Torres the number one striker, and with Liverpool likely to sell Dutch striker Kuyt, and bring in another top striker in the summer, it may be that Crouch will not be a starter at the Reds any time soon.

Peter has made 77 appearances for the Liverpool club since he moved there from Southampton in 2005, and has scored 19 goals. He also has 14 goals in 25 appearances for England and Peter may be thinking he has to get more starts and play more regularly – if he is to further his England career. That could be one of the reasons he wants to leave Liverpool.

The other reason of course is to play more games and he’ll never get a lot of starts under the Rafael Benítez rotation system, where the manger iseems fond of changing the personnel for every game.

It certainly doesn’t seem to have worked in the Premier league for Liverpool, as they are currently down in 5th place, three points behind rivals Everton (ouch), but with a game in hand.

Liverpool have placed a £9M transfer fee on Peter, but an option is now available to him to buy out the remainder of his contract at the club. That would not be good for Liverpool, but it looks like Peter has that legal right, and may well exercise it. This would make him a free agent in the summer, and certainly have lots of top clubs in England very interested.

Both Aston Villa and Newcastle United are said to be keen on the player, and we think Crouch has lots of goals in him, if he is the top striker at a club. We think he would work really well with Michael Owen or Oba Martins, and we’d love to see those partnerships in operation for the team next season. There’d be plenty of goals at Newcastle then – we’re sure of that.

Ameobi will be sold to Norwich in the summer, in all likelihood, and Mark Viduka would be the other tall forward, with young Andrew Carroll probably also making a push to start. There’s also our 17 year-old 6′ 4″ Italian striker Fabio Zamblera, who has apparently been impressive in training at the club, but it may take him a couple of years to break through.

What do you think?

Is Crouch a player who wculd do well at Newcastle?

Let us know – comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tom_Toon // Feb 18, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Good player. Crouch over fatty ashton anyday.

  • 2 broon ale // Feb 18, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    i wouldnt be upset with if this happened.

  • 3 Graeme // Feb 18, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    He would be great news for Owen and Oba, thats for sure and give Butt somewhere to aim his clearances at!!!

    I would like to see him at the toon, a good signing I think.

  • 4 Luke // Feb 18, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    i’ve been advocating crouch for the toon, for years. he’s such an underrated player

  • 5 Steer // Feb 18, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    He’s kenk.

  • 6 Bill F // Feb 18, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Likewise, he would be a new superhero for us hope we get him.

  • 7 nufctj // Feb 18, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    If we can secure his services for between 8-10M then I say we do it. But as I and many others have said, we need to improve our MIDFIELD FIRST!

  • 8 ELFER // Feb 18, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    hm, I still believe and have faith in our black n white strike duo MARTINS/OWEN. We also have enough options there with SMITH,VIDUKA and CARROL so I do not think it’s recommended another striker – except he would be a winger/striker.

    Our problem is not in the striker department, I’m sure! It’s in the delivery department. Give OWEN and also MARTINS more passes and they will fire, I’m sure!

  • 9 ObaFan2 // Feb 18, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Another good player but I’d be suprised if Liverpool don’t have a new manager for next season and that could mean he’ll stay there.

    Rafa has been a good manager imo for l’pool but obviously 5th place (or 4th) isn’t good enough and he is under alot of pressure now, especially since their FA Cup exit.

    Oh how I wish Newcastle had “dropped” to 5th place in the league !!!!! but obviously not with the Maccums in 4th place lmao.

    Btw, are we just going to have player after player mentioned from now ’til the end of the summer as possible Toon players?
    IMO opinion there are many many players who’d do a good job at the Toon but I don’t have to mention them all especially at a time when our squad should be pulling together and fighting for every point possible in the league.

    It’s nearly as boring (imo) as mentioning un-heard of non EPL proven players all the time.

    Ok players that’d be good for the Toon:

    J Terry
    C Ronaldo
    W Rooney
    C Fàbregas
    S Gerrard
    D Duck
    M Mouse

    ok lol.

  • 10 Stami // Feb 18, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Crouch is a blessing in any team. i would love to see him in the black and white strip…and it would prob make him look taller…:)!!!

  • 11 Mr T // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    I wouldn’t have Gerrard or Terry @ Newcastle, I’d rather have the illustrious D Duck.

    Crouchy is under rated, but I think that works in his favour sometimes on the pitch as well. He’s a good forward, one of Englands better at the minute, maybe with more games he’d improve more.

    In fairness though if you were Crouchy, would you find Villa, or Newcastle more promising, especially coming off the 4-1 defeat?

  • 12 ObaFan2 // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Elfer, shame we didn’t do all we could to get Geordie Carrick in January, his display V Gooners on Saturday was excellent and some of his passing was exceptional.

  • 13 ObaFan2 // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Tbh Mr T, D Duck is still living on his past reputation and his recent form a little quiet :D

  • 14 Davies // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    As long as he does the dance, I’m happy. Would he get a lot of first team action with Owen back on form and Oba being so damn fast?

    Be a nice selection problem for Keegan to have, if he can get him….

  • 15 jim baker // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Yes please… He’d be class!

  • 16 Bill F // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    I think it would be quackers signing D.Duck. (someone had to say it)

  • 17 steve // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Rafa will prob be sacked if they drop out of champs league so it’ll all depend on new manager, I doubt Fergie would let Carrick go, he’s been class this season.
    Not sure why it’ll take Zamblera a couple of years to break through, if he looks that good in training then put him on the bench now – Both Owen and Rooney were playing first team at 17!!!

  • 18 Ian // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    I would rather see a big player that can run with the ball, Crouch is good when he gets the final touch in front of the likes of Beckham or the other quality players in the england squad, or in front of an excellent Liverpool side, we do not have that quality in our side, even after a £50m spend.
    So like I say I would rather have another striker who is tall but can run at the opposition, otherwise we have three static strikers in Owen, Viduka and Crouch and one who can run at them in Martins, it should be two runners and two statics for me.
    The stripes would slim Crouch down a bit mind!!

  • 19 m. // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    crouch >>>>>>>>>>> vodka, ameobi and some other garbages

  • 20 Gooderz // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    How about taking a chance on Jo? He’s tall, quick and skillful.

  • 21 valle1 // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    i dont like Crouch that much, would rather have a flair player… But i wouldnt be that sad if it happened.

  • 22 Leo* // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    yep crouch in, would be good, if he is able to buy out his contract he must be older than i thought he was…

    must better buy than ‘fatty ashton’

  • 23 Toon for life. // Feb 18, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    I prefer Ashton to Crouch, Sorry lads.

    But I like Crouch and is the type of striker Owen loves to play alongside and is at him most affective. When Owen is at his best there isn’t much better. Crouch is under-rated by many. Good signing it would be.

    We need to strengthen the midfield first though.

    Keep the faith.. Happy Birthday, Sir Bobby Robson.

  • 24 Ian // Feb 19, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Hes big hes red, his feet stick out the bed, Peter Crouch, it doesnt work with black and white does it??




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