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CHRIS ON CROUCH

Posted on 28 December 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton hands Peter Crouch high praise for the way he’s worked himself up the ladder to become a feared Premiership striker and England regular.

Chris Hughton hands Peter Crouch high praise for the way he’s worked himself up the ladder to become a feared Premiership striker and England regular.

The six foot, seven inch striker was on our books in the early part of his career, scoring 36 goals in 99 games at youth level and two in 18 for our reserves between 1996-2000. He moved to QPR in July 2000 without a senior appearance.

His form at QPR and subsequently at Portsmouth earned a big-money move to Villa in 2002 but that didn’t work out and he had to rebuild his career at Southampton in 2004-05 before Liverpool paid £7million for his services.

He’s gone from strength to strength since, scoring 20 goals in 73 appearances for the Anfield side and hit a purple patch for England in 2006 with 11 goals in 10 appearances, including an important header against Trinidad & Tobago in the World Cup. He now has 11 goals in 16 caps.

Assistant boss Chris, a coach throughout Crouch’s time at Spurs, said: “We were aware he had potential but at the time, we felt we might have to wait for it, which has been the case.

“What some people don’t realise is that a lot of his progress is down to his own work and determination.

“He went from us to QPR where he was able to quicken up his progress because it was somewhere he was going to feature more regularly. He did well there, went to Portsmouth and then had the big move to Villa.

“That didn’t go so well but then he went to Southampton where he picked up again and now he’s going from strength to strength at Liverpool.

"You have to give credit to the people who have worked with him but he’s also had the desire to want to do well and it’s been proved by the progress he’s made.”