Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch has spoken about his time in North London.
Crouch, who came through the academy system at Spurs before being allowed by then director of football David Pleat to leave the club for a nominal fee to join QPR (Spurs official).
He flourished at Loftus Road and went on to have successful spells at Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Norwich City, Southampton and Liverpool before coming full circle and signing for Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham for £9million in 2009 (The Guardian).
Crouch has revealed that one player who impressed him on the training pitch at Tottenham was Adel Taarabt.
The Moroccan moved to Spurs from French club Lens for £3million in January 2007 but failed to hit the heights expected after being dubbed as the new Zinedine Zidane (Evening Standard).
While Crouch beleived that the midfielder was gifted with natural ability on the ball with bags of trickery, he was more focused on trying to embarrass defenders rather than keeping the game simple.
Crouch told The Daily Mail about Taarabt: “I was with him at Tottenham when he was a young lad and while he had all the tricks and skills, he was more interested in trying to nutmeg a defender than play the sensible pass. He had so much ability but never put it together.”
Since leaving Tottenham, Taarabt claimed he regretted joining the club by insisting he should have instead joined North London rivals Arsenal (Evening Standard).
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