Should West Brom revive their interest in Peter Crouch ahead of the January transfer window?

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West Brom were linked with Stoke City striker Peter Crouch in the summer transfer window.

Crouch was said to be a transfer target of West Brom in the summer, with the Birmingham Mail claiming that the Stoke forward was wanted by Tony Pulis at the Hawthorns.

No move came about, but Pulis is known to be a big fan of the 34-year-old, having been the man to sign him for Stoke in the first place.

Crouch has found himself out of favour at Stoke this season, playing just 15 minutes of Premier League action, as Mark Hughes looks to further move the Potters away from their former long-ball style.

The 34-year-old has no place in this kind of system, but he has proven he is still a consistent goalscorer when used in the right tactical set-up - and that is the kind of set-up Pulis uses.

Crouch excelled at Stoke under the now-Baggies boss, and it could be that Pulis looks to revive his interest in the veteran forward in the January transfer window.

Scoring goals has been a troublesome part of West Brom’s game so far this term, having hit the back of the net just six times in the Premier League, with only James Morrison and Saido Berahino scoring more than one goal - they are both on two.

Pulis needs to add some more firepower to his squad in January, and there are few players more suited to his system than Crouch. He has the areal ability that can go unmatched in the top flight, whilst he holds the ball up along with the best.

He would fit perfectly into Pulis’ set-up, and has proven his suitability to the long-ball game on many occasions. Crouch would also be available, with Hughes not keen on utilising him at Stoke, and a move could be agreed on a cut-price deal.

The likes of Salomon Rondon and Saido Berahino have struggled this season, but they could excel next to more natural target man in Crouch. They are both energetic livewires in the final third, but due to the lack of a target man, they have had to drop deep to pick up the ball, negating their offensive strengths.

However, fielding one of them alongside Crouch would ensure that they retain their attacking efficiency, leaving the towering striker to simply win the ball and link play between the midfield and the final third.

Crouch may not be a popular marquee signing for Pulis to make in January, but it could be that the former English international is the perfect player to fix the issues which have surrounded West Brom this season, and lead them up the table during the second half of the season.

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