Stoke City endured an indifferent Premier League season last term, finishing 13th and 10 points clear of the relegation zone.
The former England international scored all of his seven league goals from Christmas onwards, contributing to crucial wins against Watford, Sunderland and Hull City.
Bizarrely, despite Crouch thriving in 2017, Stoke, for all their creative players, do not boast a natural winger who can offer width, pace and a final ball.
Andros Townsend, though, linked in The Sun with a £15million move, would certainly fit the bill for Mark Hughes' men.
Stoke have not operated in a system that relies heavily on wide men since bringing in Hughes in Tony Pulis' place, but, at the very least, Townsend would offer an alternative option if the Potters are again struggling.
Crouch is now 36 years old, but England winger Townsend could offer a supply line for all of Stoke's forwards, with Saido Berahino also looking to kickstart his career again.
Having struggled at times at Crystal Palace, this move could also give Townsend the opportunity to impress once more and move back into the England setup.