It has not been a great start to the season for former England international Peter Crouch, who today admitted to BBC Radio Stoke that he has grown “frustrated” with life at the Britannia Stadium.
The 34-year-old forward has been repeatedly left either on the bench or out of the matchday squad altogether by Mark Hughes, leading many to speculate that the 6ft 7in forward will soon begin the search for a new club.
And news that Crouch was set for clear the air talks with Hughes over his lack of game time, as reported by the Sentinel, appeared to confirm this fact.
However, Crouch on Tuesday told BBC Radio Stoke that, despite his frustration, he wants to stay with the Potters and force his way back into the plans of Hughes, whose side currently sit 13th in the Premier League table after an underwhelming start to the new campaign.
"I want to be playing," said Crouch.
"Ideally, I want to force my way back in and play in a few more games.
"But I enjoy playing for this club and it's a good place to be right now.
"Sometimes it can be frustrating and I have dialogue with the manager. But every player goes though it.”
Crouch also acknowledged the strength in depth Stoke can currently boast: incredibly no team in the Premier League can boast as many Champions League winners among their ranks as the Potters.
“We've signed some fantastic players this summer and there's lots of players wanting to get back in," he added.