Crouch Wants More First Team Action – Stoke Reluctant To Sell

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Former England striker Peter Crouch is set to see out his playing days at the Bet365 Stadium despite growing frustration at not being part of the Stoke City starting line-up.

Mark Hughes, under pressure following a slow start to the Premier League season is refusing to countenance selling his lanky striker, despite the player’s unhappiness at his situation, according to the Daily Express.

In the twilight of his career, Crouch – 37 in January – performed his ‘supersub’ duties once again for Stoke at the weekend, scoring the equaliser in the Potters 2 – 2 draw with Leicester City, four minutes after arriving on the pitch.

Crouch though, is refusing to agitate for a move in public. According to Hughes, he hasn’t spoken with him directly on the subject. “No, he just does it on TV, just to make sure I’m aware of it,” he quipped.

Even so, his despondency was clear as he spoke to the press after the game. “It would be nice to be starting and scoring goals,” he said, before adding in a resigned tone, “but obviously that’s the way things are going for me.”

With 42 caps for his country – and a respectable 22 goals – Crouch is determined to make the most of the remaining years of his career. He previously told the Stoke Sentinel that he wishes to continue playing until he is 40.