Stoke on the up, crows Crouch

The Potters broke their own transfer record to bring in Crouch for

a fee of around £10million on deadline day, after he had

fallen down the pecking order at Tottenham. The striker has

performed well for Stoke so far and scored goals in the 1-1 draw

with Manchester United and 2-1 victory over Besiktas. He concedes

that he would have started to feel the strain if he had not opened

his account for his new club by now, telling Sky Sports News: “You

obviously want to get the first one out the way early, which I’ve

done.” Stoke have had a couple of disappointing results this

season, having lost at Sunderland and Swansea, but they are still

eighth in the Premier League and have shown what tough opponents

they can be against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester

United. Crouch is delighted with the signs of progress he has seen

at the Britannia Stadium and hopes to play a major part in a bright

future for the club. “We’ve played Chelsea, Liverpool and Man

United and got five points out of those games,” he said. “We’ve

still got a lot of teams to play at the Britannia and, while to

lose a couple away from home has been frustrating, I feel I have

joined a really good club, a club on the up.”