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No place like home for Crouchy!

Sometimes players say 'what we want to hear' or at least 'what they might think we want to hear' but I have always been of the opinion that what Peter Crouch says is as it is, and what he says is what he wants to say...

Well, today the big man has again in The News spoken of his delight at being back a Pompey, a club and place that he regards as 'his home', and says he has no desire to leave the club that he feels he can give his best years to - 28-32 are the years that he feels are the ones when a player is at his peak, and he has just turned 28.

Crouch also spoke of his regret at leaving the club when he did in the first place, obviously he went onto big things but he felt he left too soon when he joined Villa - but with a huge offer made for him, some 4m profit on what we had laid out on a raw talent some 10-months prior it was a no-brainer for a then struggling Division One side. Basically he paid for our promotion, and eventually found his way back home, going full circle!

I think that a lot of people have been thinking the England man has looked, and acted like a player that is 'back home' since his return, and this is a view that I have very much shared and my mate Ken - you know the one, just in case I have not mentioned it enough, the one from the FSF! - has often referred to this being what he feels about him.

For me Crouch still gets some stick, no matter how hard he tries, which I think is unfair and even unwarranted. It is clear to see that the guy needs a goal, if anything he is trying too hard to get this - once it comes, and it will come, the weight will be lifted and the confidence will return. This, the return of confidence, is clearly visible again in David James and Glen Johnson, both of whom had looked as though they were suffering from the same low in confidence and it showed...

We are not going to go down, so unless we look to push Crouch out the door he will not be going anywhere for some time to come. I would like to hear more be coming out with similar things - but only want to hear it if it is true, but do feel that unless we want them out his club and country teammates already mentioned above - and both a key performers for us - share similar thoughts to him, and I guess to be fair plenty more in our squad too to be honest.

I know many, even myself included at times, have this concern that 'unless Sacha Gaydamak sells us we will be in the position where we have to sell more players in the summer', but in all reality this 'should not' be the case, and unless he is doing so for his own pocket we really should not have to sell anyone, well unless they want to leave! And Niko Kranjcar could be one, and he is today being 'linked' with Everton - although to be fair to the Croat he has said he will see out his contract and will not move on unless it is to a club that sees him move forward. And even then might not go unless the club want him out.

Ok, we 'might' be some 30m-40m in debt, but the money that the premier league will pay out to us for next season - another reason why it is so vital to stay in this league! - will wipe out a massive, if not all, of this, then think about the wages we already save on big earners sold and those wages that will be saved on 'dead wood' going and another '1 or 2 big earners' that might not have their contracts renewed, or decide they want out... Yep, I know we will need to bring players in, but we can still do that, as remember there is quality to be found out there without paying a fortune, not to mention bringing some of our talented youngsters through.

I know, I have, as I so often do, gone off at a tangent but Crouch's own thoughts on wanting to stay and knock-on effects we can get from this commitment and my other thoughts shared do go hand in hand really and before the doom and gloom again begins in the summer I thought I would get in early - think about my ramblings, and although not all might seem the case now, and will almost certainly go against the picture painted by the media when the time comes, they do make sense...

Basically in a nutshell keeping Crouch, who is clearly content where he is, and many others despite the need to cut costs, which we have done and will do again in the summer but without a major significance to the playing staff despite what we will be told! - In terms of quality available at least, yep numbers decrease of course.

Committed, content and quality players, exactly what we need, and in the main this is what we have and will continue to get - as said lets see others follow in the footsteps of Crouch and commit these qualities to us, and mean it...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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Date:Wednesday February 25 2009

Time: 12:03PM

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i agree this is genuine too - Crouch is a nice lad, and comes over as very honest. He's also a superb footballer, who will always score goals (even if he hasn't done lately). Its good to read things like this, and helps overcome the negativity that the national press are determined to continue to push on Pompey. I bet they don't report this! They're all too busy spinning Niko's rather ambiguous recent comments. C'mon Crouchie, goal against Chelski please!
tracyc
i agree this is genuine too - Crouch is a nice lad, and comes over as very honest. He's also a superb footballer, who will always score goals (even if he hasn't done lately). Its good to read things like this, and helps overcome the negativity that the national press are determined to continue to push on Pompey. I bet they don't report this! They're all too busy spinning Niko's rather ambiguous recent comments. C'mon Crouchie, goal against Chelski please!
tracyc
Crouch is one of those players that makes supporting your team worthwhile ....meanwhile....'Middlesbrough star Gary O'Neil had his black Ferrari stolen - after he left the keys in the ignition at a petrol station' - The Daily Mirror.
Pompeyscum
Crouch is one of those players that makes supporting your team worthwhile ....meanwhile....'Middlesbrough star Gary O'Neil had his black Ferrari stolen - after he left the keys in the ignition at a petrol station' - The Daily Mirror.
Pompeyscum
I like Crouchie..and not just as a footballer. He always comes across as a decent bloke. If you met him in a pub he'd talk to you. I'm really pleased he's come out and said this, especially at this time. Good on yah Peter...the goals will come.
cornypomp
I like Crouchie..and not just as a footballer. He always comes across as a decent bloke. If you met him in a pub he'd talk to you. I'm really pleased he's come out and said this, especially at this time. Good on yah Peter...the goals will come.
cornypomp
Tell you what cornypomp, you talk to Crouchie and I'll talk to his girlfriend. Phwoar! :o)
The Fear
Tell you what cornypomp, you talk to Crouchie and I'll talk to his girlfriend. Phwoar! :o)
The Fear
Good on yer Crouchie, he didn't need to go to the press with that story so I firmly believe he means it. He is getting a bit of stick lately and justifiably over that pass back, but hey thats done and dusted now. He does need a goal to get him back in the scoring mode again, but I agree he is trying too hard to get it at the moment. It will come and may long he keep playing for us and form a strong partnership with Nugget.
blarmy
Good on yer Crouchie, he didn't need to go to the press with that story so I firmly believe he means it. He is getting a bit of stick lately and justifiably over that pass back, but hey thats done and dusted now. He does need a goal to get him back in the scoring mode again, but I agree he is trying too hard to get it at the moment. It will come and may long he keep playing for us and form a strong partnership with Nugget.
blarmy
He's a top bloke.
NinjaTim
He's a top bloke.
NinjaTim
i think its stupid people saying we need to not play him now coz he's off form, if we play him he will get back! hopefully a goal or two against chelski will help him... and the other 4 for nugent will help him!! and the clean sheet will help James!! ...... or maybe not....
MFFP
i think its stupid people saying we need to not play him now coz he's off form, if we play him he will get back! hopefully a goal or two against chelski will help him... and the other 4 for nugent will help him!! and the clean sheet will help James!! ...... or maybe not....
MFFP
I don't think he'd see me if I met him in a pub - I'd have to sit up on a bar stool, and he'd have to sit on the floor for us to have a conversation!
tracyc
I don't think he'd see me if I met him in a pub - I'd have to sit up on a bar stool, and he'd have to sit on the floor for us to have a conversation!
tracyc
Crouchie is definitely something to be proud of. One of the good guys (what do you want to bet he is sent off for stamping on a ball boy's head on Tuesday?)
hammersmithblue
Crouchie is definitely something to be proud of. One of the good guys (what do you want to bet he is sent off for stamping on a ball boy's head on Tuesday?)
hammersmithblue
Stand on the bar tracyc, you'd get plenty of attention plus you could look down on him. On the footballing front, i know he's been going through a bit of a lean patch but i predict that's going to come to an end very soon. You heard it here first..
cornypomp
Stand on the bar tracyc, you'd get plenty of attention plus you could look down on him. On the footballing front, i know he's been going through a bit of a lean patch but i predict that's going to come to an end very soon. You heard it here first..
cornypomp
Yeo, glad he's happy, needs a few goals to really get him & us going again. A vital member of the team on & off the pitch.
storagematt
Yeo, glad he's happy, needs a few goals to really get him & us going again. A vital member of the team on & off the pitch.
storagematt
Just think of the moment when he does score again!
tracyc
Just think of the moment when he does score again!
tracyc
Loyalty cannot be bought at any price. It's great to have this lad on board even if he once held a scummer passport and played for Harry Who...
pompeygray
Loyalty cannot be bought at any price. It's great to have this lad on board even if he once held a scummer passport and played for Harry Who...
pompeygray
 

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