QPR boss Harry Redknapp is still hopeful of signing 33-year-old striker Peter Crouch for the fifth time.
An enquiry was made in the summer and The Guardian reports that Redknapp may be looking to make another offer for the big frontman come January with these comments:
“I like Crouchy, he knows how to play,” Redknapp said.
“He’s a bit like Bobby [Zamora], he knows what he’s doing and brings people into play and he’s a threat. If you put the ball into the box, he’s going to head it, he’s too tall to stop him.”
Mark Hughes claims that interested clubs will be told no once again, but with Redknapp and Crouch’s healthy relationship over the years there could be a twist in the tail of this story come January.
QPR are languishing in the relegation zone with just four points in five games and Redknapp will have to do something in the January transfer window to aid his team’s attacking intensity. ‘Crouchy’ may not be a player associated with the word intensity anymore but he can still get a goal or two as he has proved with Stoke, already getting a goal against QPR at the weekend as well as one assist.
One or two goals or flick ons from the giant frame of Crouch could be the difference in a season where QPR will cherish every goal and every point gained. Crouch has proved at Stoke that he can still do it when called upon and if Harry is to sign him he will surely be motivated by the fact he is playing for a manager who is a massive admirer of his abilities.
Playing under conditions where the player knows that the manager has faith in his ability is massive for any player, particularly strikers because of the pressure on them to score goals every week. Playing as a striker is arguably the position where confidence and Freedom to play one’s own game with the confidence of the manager is pivotal as a calmness and self assurance in front of goal is needed.
Will Harry be reunited with one of his favoured players come January? All will be revealed, but one thing is for certain; QPR need more forward options. Is Crouch the answer to their call?
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.