Tottenham have come a long way as a club in the past 10 to 15 years. Under the stewardship of Daniel Levy, the club has been transformed from a mid-table Premier League team to Champions League regulars, who can now boast of having the infrastructure to rival the biggest clubs in Europe.
While the latest chapter under Pochettino is rightly seen as the transformational moment for the club, one cannot deny the influence of Harry Redknapp’s reign when the club qualified for Europe’s premier club competition for the first time.
One player who played an important role in helping Spurs break the grip of the so-called ‘Big 4’ as well as in their initial foray into the Champions League, was Peter Crouch.
The former England international’s goals against the likes of Manchester City and AC Milan will live long in the memories of Spurs fans. The 38-year-old has now called it a day on his football career.
Crouchy, who spent two memorable seasons in North London, before moving moved on to Stoke City, penned an emotional article for The Daily Mail describing the amazing 23-year-old journey he has had as a professional footballer.
Admitting that he had achieved much more than he hoped he would at the start of his career, Crouchy wrote, “I think back to when I was 17. I was a trainee at Tottenham then but there were 10 forwards in front of me, blocking my route to the first team.
“They loaned me out to Dulwich Hamlet then I went to IFK Hassleholm in Sweden. Let’s be honest – you would not have taken odds on me making it then.
“If you had told me at that point I would go on to play for England 42 times and score 22 goals, play for Liverpool in a Champions League and FA Cup final and score the goal that put Tottenham back in the European Cup for the first time in four decades, I would have had you locked up.”
However, Crouch insisted that fans had not seen the last of him. He added, “Those clubs – from QPR to Norwich, Aston Villa, Southampton, Tottenham, Liverpool, Stoke and Burnley – need not think they have seen the last of me.
“I am going to have to find some way of staying in football and I plan to go and watch all of them play next season.”
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While Crouch did have his fair share of critics during his time in North London, he certainly did his job and gave us fans some unforgettable moments. We at Spurs Web would like to wish him a happy retirement.
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