Premier League

How Sunderland have missed a transfer trick with this experienced PL forward

There’s only one man Sunderland needed to sign during this January window to give them a real chance of staying up and he goes by the name of Peter Crouch.

What? I hear you exclaim and admittedly, it does seem a little out of the blue considering the man has barely played in the last year or so but there are good reasons behind my thinking.

Crouch has recently come back into the Stoke City set up after looking for quite a while he’d have to search elsewhere for employment for next season.

Indeed, he’s done so well since his return as he edges towards 100 goals in the top flight that’s he’s been offered and has signed a new deal to keep him at the Potters into next year.

And, whilst he’ll no doubt be happy with his future being sorted out there should be a part of David Moyes that thinks it’s been an opportunity missed.

A few weeks ago Stoke would have likely accepted a bid for the big man and, given he’s way into his 30’s, he wouldn’t have cost much.

Despite his age, though, he’s never relied on his pace and so his technical attributes are all as good as they always have been, so Sunderland would have been getting a striker with plenty of time to come.

As he’s shown recently, he’s still adept at grabbing goals in this division, too – something Sunderland desperately need – but what Moyes has really lost out on his pairing him up with Jermain Defoe.

It was Harry Redknapp’s old favourite to stick the pair together and oh how they bounced off one another.

Crouch and Defoe were a fine strike-force earlier in their careers.

The typical little and large strike-force, rarely seen in this league any more, that took Spurs onto a new level and Portsmouth to places they could only dream of now.

Sunderland, admittedly, wouldn’t have been getting exactly the same output had they signed Crouch. But, both have shown they’ve still got it at this level and, as history tells us, together they’re even better.

It’s a pipe-dream now, though, and one David Moyes may have nightmares about missing out on in a few months time.

Thoughts, Sunderland fans? Let us know below!

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