Should Aston Villa or Leeds make a move for Peter Crouch?

Stoke City's Peter Crouch reacts

Should Aston Villa or Leeds United take a look at Peter Crouch this summer?

Stoke City's Peter Crouch reactsStoke City's Peter Crouch reacts

Peter Crouch is expected to move on from Stoke City this summer after a disappointing Premier League campaign.

The former England international was handed just four league starts by Stoke boss Mark Hughes, a sign he does not see the veteran striker as a big part of his plans.

It is 10 years ago since Crouch represented the Three Lions at the World Cup, but at 35 he has no plans to hang up his boots just yet, and simply wants to play regularly. 

England's Peter Crouch (L) attempts an overhead kickEngland's Peter Crouch (L) attempts an overhead kick

He has one year left on his contract but a move to the Championship could be his best bet. Here are two clubs who should take a look at snapping him up...

Aston Villa

Signing a 35-year-old player may not sound like the marquee move for a club with £50 million to spend on players this summer, but it does not have to be.

Crouch could be a good complimentary signing for Villa, who could rotate with Rudy Gestede and play a similar role up front.

Importantly he has shown over his career he can score goals in English football, and Villa required players who are 'sure things'.

Last summer they invested in players from France, Spain and beyond and it did not work out, with the players failing to gel or adjust and getting relegated from the Premier League.

The Championship is an unforgiving division and experience is needed, and importantly Crouch is unlikely to replicate Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards, with his attitude always positive and likely to become a popular figure in a currently fractious dressing room.

Importantly Villa can offer Crouch a promotion challenging campaign, with a tangible target to aim for, rather than mid-table as a bit part player with Stoke, and he will realise it could be one of his last big moves and will be determined to make it count.

Leeds United

Leeds may not be able to present themselves as a promotion favourite like Aston Villa, but they would still give him the chance to play in front of a big crowd each week.

The Whites will still be aiming for promotion of course, and Crouch could become a key contributor, thriving on the crosses of Stuart Dallas and Charlie Taylor in particular.

Leeds do not have many options up front to back up Chris Wood, and Crouch would be a good addition to the squad.

The season before last he reached double figures for goals for Stoke, netting 10 in consecutive campaigns.

He would be a good bet to do the same at Championship level for the Whites, an achievement only Wood managed last season.

The most obvious reason against a move is whether Leeds simply want to go in a more youthful direction, but Crouch would be a known quantity, and a player who could bring out the best in others, with the likes of Alex Mowatt potentially benefiting from his lay-offs and free kicks he wins in dangerous areas.

 

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