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Crouch finds his spurs...again

Crouch finds his spurs...again

Peter Crouch has been confirmed as a Spurs re-signing, re-joining them almost a decade after first leaving them, in which time he has gone on to play for several clubs, including Pompey twice.

A fee of around £10m, although the club have it as undisclosed, sees the England international link up again with Jamie's Dad - who shafts us again, jeez just imagine how cruel he would be if Pompey was not 'his spiritual home!' - who may well have actually re-signed him for Spurs for less than we actually paid the bin dippers 12-months ago? See, he was right, there was no sell on value in Crouch...

To be honest I am gutted to see Crouch leave again, I have always liked the guy and really do think that people that did not rate him, that got on his back - and I saw and heard this a hell of a lot last season - will soon realise what we have lost, granted playing him as a lone striker did not see the best come from him, as that is not his game.

I remain unconvinced that it was actually Crouch's decision to want to leave, but at the end of the day when you have a contract if you insist you do not want to leave no one can make you, then again we have seen from past experiences that once we tell you that you are going, you are going - even if you 'miss' flights!

A club spokesman told the Pompey Site: 'we are sorry to see Peter go both as a player and a person and would like to thank him for playing a key role in keeping the club in the Premier League last season.

'His sale was necessitated by the club's commitment to repay scheduled debts while we are in a transitional period of completing the takeover.

'We will now be looking to add fresh faces to the first-team squad as soon as possible.'

So, there you have it, this seems to follow the theme and thoughts that we have been having here on Vital Pompey - other debts needed clearing, we are clearing them to get us out of the trouble the club has got us in so then Dr SAF can 100% complete his takeover and then take it from there.

As for his joining Spurs, well that was his call, but with a new home being built in the area it is being built, to be fair he had to go somewhere that was convenient for him, and Spurs is...

I am miffed that we have let him leave for less, even though undisclosed, than Sunderland were willing to play though! That is not on at all, and is a clear indicator that we had to let him go, but I maintain my thoughts 'for the greater good' ultimately.

But, he is gone, and he is gone for the price that the club accepted, we cannot alter this - I will wish him well, but not too well. I do feel that he is just another of the 'pawns' in Jamie's Dad chess game, a game that has left a trail of destruction behind him everywhere he has been, do not say you had not, and still are not warned Spurs...

Whilst we might think that we cannot possibly offload anyone else, do not be surprised if another player or so did leave - players will arrive but they will be nowhere near the calibre of players that have been before them, well at least not for the foreseeable future, however once again Vital Pompey urges you, as hard as it is, to keep the faith. Back the side, the manager and the players that pull on the shirt, for me, so long as they give 100% that is all I ask.


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Date:Tuesday July 28 2009
Time: 7:32AM


I think I am right in saying this would happen some weeks ago before there was talk of Spuds digging in...just annoyed at the price..£9m, £3m short of the makems offer...surely we will be getting somebody in Px- mind you lets be honest here..WE are not getting to dough, its going to Sasha. In all honesty Redknapps buys have earnt massive profits for SG, so where-has all the money gone??????
plymouth graham
28/07/2009 07:41:00
I'm not all surprised this has happened, good luck to him. Not too diasppointed though as if this helps stabilise the club further and finalises the Sasha v SAF deal I'm all for it. I'm a firm believer that we are heading into a very bright future. PUP!!
28/07/2009 07:42:00
Looks like Distin will be next and another 4m in Sasha's back pocket. Hope the story about James is just tabloid bull. Be interested to know how many first team players are actually left at Pompey.
28/07/2009 07:51:00
Still think Crouch wanted to go and other options would have been considered had he wanted to stay.. Still he has gone and we should move on.. Crouch plays for Spurs now.. and I'm sure he'll enjoy cuddling up to his little mates.. Shame could've been a legend.. but I also said that about Defoe.. It'll be all 'Harry get's his men' in the papers today .. think I'll not read them.
28/07/2009 07:59:00
First and foremost we need to stabilise the bleeding that the Sasha/Redknapp era has unfortunately caused and with the sales of Johnson/Crouch and the releasing of overly paid players (Campbell etc.) this has happened. Get a decent squad in before the end of August and then go from there....I think we'll spend again in January if necessary. We should all remember that we have a small ground that will never generate the income we need so its small steps to hopefully a new ground, quality players and a strong base to really make a huge impact in the coming years...SAF will deliver this I'm convinced.
28/07/2009 08:17:00
You can't say it hasn't been an exciting summer at PFC. We've gone from being bankrupt, to being the next Man City, to be the next Derby. It's going to take a strong stomach this season; I'm going to need this site and the people on it to stop me killing someone at work this year
28/07/2009 08:37:00
Chix - agree with you. Crouch was always going to go, which is a surprise because when he came he actually looked pleased to be at Pompey. At the end of the day we are better off without him (I think he's overrated anyway!!)
28/07/2009 09:00:00
A diehard spurs lad here, sympathises with the pompey, footballs gonna implode eventually, theres about 4 groups of teams in the prem who seem to feed each other while the fans pay to see less and less each week. Dont think many of us will be too excited about crouch, he never helped anyone else win the league hey! I dont get why ur lot need the money so much when you just got brought by an arab, surely the fellas rich eh?, anyway good luck for the new season boys, think it'll be hard one for us having seen the pre-season and our lazy prima donnas strolling round like they're owed a victory.
28/07/2009 09:03:00
we will be ok..i have a good feeling about all this somewhere under the radar.
plymouth graham
28/07/2009 15:01:00
Firstly i do sympathise with you peeps you are in a muddy hole at the moment and i do hope things get brighter for you when the new owners take ova. just one thing why do you blame Redknapp for the misfortune of your financial Peril??? surely Redknapp could only spend what was put infront of him im not having a go so dont shoot me down but surely the balme should lay heavily at the money men of the club??? they let Harry spen and spend he did and won you a cup in the process. 9 million for Crouch is good money garanted not the 12 you wanted but still a decent return on a decent striker.Anyway all the best pompey and as i said i hope the future gets alot brighter for you.
only 1 spurs
28/07/2009 15:21:00
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