Crouch: I’ve come home


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Peter Crouch has described his return to Tottenham Hotspur as ‘coming home’.

The big striker completed his switch from Portsmouth yesterday for a fee said to be in the region of £9million.

Fulham and Sunderland were both interested in the 28-year-old, but he admits his mind was made up as soon as Spurs made their approach and penned a five-year deal.

Crouch told the official Spurs site: “I’m really pleased. I had a couple of options but when Spurs came in I just felt that it’s a massive club and it will be like coming home,”

“The football club speaks for itself. Since Harry Redknapp came in he’s certainly got the club moving forward towards where it should be.

“When a club like Spurs comes in for you, it’s very hard to turn them down. Spurs was always going to be my number one choice and I’m pleased it’s all come off.”

He added: “I was only a young kid when I was here before and a long way from the player I am now.

“I think Ledley is the only player still here from when I was here before. I’m looking forward to seeing him again because I’ve always kept in touch with him all those years.

“I remember watching the likes of Ginola, Anderton, Sheringham and Ferdinand every week on the terraces with Ledley and it’s great to finally be getting the chance to play for this Club.

“Now I bring with me the experience of having played in the Champions League and at a World Cup for England.

“From my point of view, it’s not just about coming back, it’s about joining a massive football club which has no limit to where it can go.”

“My goal now is to push on, win things and get us into Europe – hopefully being a part of taking Spurs to where they should be.

“If I can be a part of that and score goals, I’m sure I can also cement my place in the England World Cup squad for next summer.

“However, there is competition for places with some fantastic strikers at the club, and that’s going to be healthy for the team. I’m under no illusions – I will have to fight for my place here.

“But playing with the fantastic squad of players we have here every week will only help me, and I think these five years can be the best of my career.”

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  1. Peter Crouch could be the best thing to happen recently for Spurs as he can help create and supply goals for Defoe and Keane as well as score those sometimes awful looking push ins and bounce offs. At the end of the day we’ve gained a striker who is really upbeat about joining us and is more or less on form for scoring goals. I for one will be sorry to see Bent leave because he really does have it in him to be a super goalscorer but as with Bentley he just seemsa to fail when under so much pressure to perform. One thing I can not understand is why Tottenham have not gone all out to get a real honest to goodness left winger as I think the addition of someone like Bastos, McGeady, Robben, Joe Cole or even the Newcastle midgets (Duff or Nzogbia) would balance things up to such an extent that the football would start to flow like the days of Ginola. One more point before I shut up and that is why on earth did we not go for Lorik Cana to shore up any missing steel in the middle, he has grown as a player and gained a terrific reputation as a hard working hard tackling midfield dynamo, think we missed out there. A team from what we have as of today could be:- Gomes, Corluka, Dawson or Woodgate or King(when fit), Assou Ekotto, Keane on left (don’t laugh, it may happen)), Palacios, Modric, Lennon, Crouch and Defoe.


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