Peter Crouch comments on where Stoke City can finish this season

Crouch is looking for a strong finish to the season, so the side can finish comfortably in the top half of the Premier League.

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch thinks the side can finish as high as eighth place in the Premier League this season. 

The Potters are just the one point behind Swansea City who currently occupy the position, with West Ham United sandwiched in the middle. 

Stoke host a struggling Everton side at the Britannia Stadium tomorrow evening with West Ham facing league leaders Chelsea, and Swansea have a difficult trip to Tottenham, which could present an opportunity for Mark Hughes's side to leapfrog the pair.

Crouch is quoted in the Stoke Sentinel, saying: "We are always improving, and if we improve again on last year that will be fantastic.

"We want to cement our place in the top 10 every year if we can. I've looked at the table and I think seventh is out of reach, but eighth is the best of the rest and that's what we want to do."

Hughes seems to be continuing the good work on the foundations laid by Tony Pulis during his time in charge at the club. There was a lot of scepticism in the footballing world when Hughes was appointed to the job but so far the appointment has proved to be a good one.

Their recent form has shown they are difficult to beat having only lost two of their last ten games, winning six of them. If they can maintain that sort of form between now and the end of the season, then finishing as high as eighth may well be on the cards, and a slight improvement on that in their remaining 11 games could see them finish as high as seventh, even if Crouch thinks it may be a little beyond the side. 

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