Reports in the last 24 hours suggest Chelsea have made inquiries regarding Stoke City’s Peter Crouch. As expected, Twitter users have since reacted with shock and a good dose of humour.
Antonio Conte has made no secret of his desire to sign a striker this January. Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi have only netted twelve goals between them in the league this season and Conte has been looking at other options.
With links to players like Andy Carroll and Christian Benteke, the preference seems to be for a target man.
A move for Benteke seems unlikely and Carroll is set to miss several weeks through injury so Conte has apparently turned his attention to Crouch.
The Telegraph report Chelsea have inquired about signing the former England striker on loan. This is despite the fact he only recently penned a contract extension at Stoke and turns 37 at the end of this month.
These reports are certainly surprising, especially given Crouch’s scoring record in recent years.
He is hardly a prolific goalscorer these days and has netted just three league goals this season. In fact, he has only scored 42 goals in 189 Premier League appearances since joining Stoke in August 2011.
As the reports of this possible deal circulated, some on Twitter have reacted with dismay while others find the whole situation hilarious.
A few have even suggested that Conte has lost his mind.
If you’re having a bad day just remember that (chelsea) the current champions of England made an official bid for Peter crouch lol.
— simba (@PrimeSimba_) January 18, 2018
Hazard you will be playing alongside Peter Crouch pic.twitter.com/dwgryrhBuA
— Max (@maxib_cfc) January 18, 2018
Since Jose bought some real estate in Contes head Chelsea have drawn 5 games in a row (90mins), scored only 3 goals and had 2 players sent off all whilst being linked with Andy Carrol and Peter Crouch. pic.twitter.com/tAhDIxps3F
— Footy Hub (@FootbalIhub) January 18, 2018
Peter Crouch? No this has to stop, seriously
— Chelsea Rumours (@ChelseaRumours) January 18, 2018
“With Andy Carroll injured, Chelsea now looking at Peter Crouch” pic.twitter.com/svtVNNvAeP
— 7amkickoff (@7amkickoff) January 18, 2018
Just seen the news that Chelsea want Peter Crouch. pic.twitter.com/77zSZ9BMsS
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) January 18, 2018
If you are a Chelsea fan and thought Chelsea going for Andy Carroll was bad, I’m here to announce to you it’s become better, they are going for 152 year old Peter Crouch. ????????????????
— ⚡Oluwafifunmi??? (@FifunmiRex) January 18, 2018
When you go from Diego Costa to Peter Crouch pic.twitter.com/58Og7zUq2N
— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 18, 2018
I thought Chelsea dodged a bullet with Andy Carroll and now we’re going for Peter Crouch??? ?
Pls recommend a club I should support till the Chelsea board get back to their senses
— Elvis Tunde ⚓ (@Tunnyking) January 18, 2018
BREAKING: Chelsea have made an enquiry for 36 year-old Stoke City striker Peter Crouch. ?
Chelsea fans right now…? pic.twitter.com/F5vEO4i046
— SPORF (@Sporf) January 18, 2018
Revealed: Antonio Conte’s shortlist if he can’t get Peter Crouch pic.twitter.com/yuBB1dAH1I
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) January 18, 2018
Chelsea fans when they find out the Andy Carroll deal is off
But they now want Peter Crouch pic.twitter.com/ywYA7r3fqv
— Football Daily (@footballdailyuk) January 18, 2018
If Chelsea sign Peter Crouch then football will never, ever be topped again. My God.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) January 18, 2018
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