Reported target Andros Townsend can offer Stoke something different

Mark Hughes, Manager of Stoke City reacts during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at Bet365 Stadium on May 13, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Andros Townsend is a reported target for Stoke City - and he would have something different to offer Mark Hughes' side.

Stoke City endured an indifferent Premier League season last term, finishing 13th and 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

And the Potters could have been in serious danger of the drop had Peter Crouch not pulled through with a fine run in the second half of the season.

Peter Crouch of Stoke City FC celebrates scoring a goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Southampton, England.

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.

Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on April 26, 2017 in London, England.

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