There is news today that Peter Crouch is considering buying out his contract with the Liverpool club in the summer.
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 heâ€™ll never get a lot of starts under the Rafael BenÃtez rotation system, where the manger iseems fond of changing the personnel for every game.
It certainly doesnâ€™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 Â£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 weâ€™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.