Former striker hints he drank more beer than water during loan spell away from Spurs

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Peter Crouch has refused to rule out allegations that he drank more beer than water during his loan spell away from Tottenham as a 19-year-old.

Crouch came through the ranks of the Spurs academy but failed to break into the Lilywhites’ first team. However, as fate would have it, the England striker did return to White Hart Lane as an established Premier League star almost a decade after leaving.

Crouch scored some crucial goals in the two seasons he had under Harry Redknapp, netting the header at the Etihad Stadium in 2010 that sealed Tottenham’s Champions League qualification.

The striker was also one of the stars of the show in the club’s maiden Champions League foray the subsequent season, although he was also partly to blame for their eventual elimination after being sent off in the first leg of the quarterfinal at the Santiago Bernabeu.

During his time as a youngster at Spurs, Crouch was loaned out to Sweedish club IFK Hassleholm, where he failed to make much of an impact.

A strongly worded article recently accused the former Tottenham man of drinking “more beer than water” during his time in Sweden.

The article which was read out on That Peter Crouch Podcast (as relayed by The Daily Star), stated: “Rumours abound that Crouch spends a lot of his non-football time drinking and enjoying what little nightlife the town of Hasselholm offered. According to some reports, Crouch drank more beer than water during his time at the club.”

Crouch responded to the allegation by saying: “Basically, Sweden was like my uni, so I did everything you would do at uni.

“We were 19 years old and we’ve been thrown into a Swedish league and we are in the summer basically. We had a lot of fun, I’m not going to lie.”

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Characters like Crouch simply do not exist in the game anymore, which is a real shame. One understands why the players are heavily media trained these days, given the evolution of the social media landscape but it has had the effect of making all footballers sound like monotonous robots.

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