Much-travelled 6’7 Striker Peter Crouch set a tone for the rest of his career as a youth player, turning out for three clubs - Brentford, QPR and Tottenham - before signing professionally for Spurs in July 1998.
After loans with Isthmian League side Dulwich Hamlet and IFK Hasselholm in Sweden (where he signed alongside defender Alton Thelwell) Crouch was sold to QPR in July 2000 for £60,000. Despite a good season with The R’s, Crouch couldn’t stop them getting relegated and he was sold within a year to Portsmouth for £1.5m.
In April 2002, Crouch moved to Aston Villa for £5m. From there he played for Southampton, and signed for Liverpool in July 2005 for £7m where his career began with a 19-game scoreless run for which he was heavily criticised.
In July 2008, Crouch moved to Portsmouth for £11m, where he played alongside former Spur Jermain Defoe. In July 2009, Crouch returned to Tottenham, who paid £10m.
Crouch finally made his first Tottenham appearance on the opening day of the season in a 2-1 win over former side Liverpool. In September, Crouch scored a hat-trick against Preston North End in the League Cup, and in May was the memorable scorer of a goal at Manchester City which qualified Spurs for the Champions League for the first time.
Crouch took his form into the next season, scoring a hat-trick against Young Boys in the Champions League, and scoring the winning goal as we defeated AC Milan 1-0 at the San Siro. It ended less well however, after being sent off against Real Madrid in April, and scoring an own goal which qualified Manchester City for the Champions League at Spurs’ expense.
In August 2011, Crouch signed for Stoke, with whom he remains. Capped 42 times by England, appearing at two World Cups, Crouch is one of 28 players to have scored more than 100 Premier League goals.
Peter Crouch made 93 appearances for Tottenham, scoring 24 goals.
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