Date: 5th June 2006 at 9:00am
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With ex Aston Villa striker Peter Crouch scoring a hattrick for England on Saturday, as well as missing a penalty:

Crouch Apologises for penalty: Click Here

and the fact that even the pundits seem split on the player:

Opinions split on Crouch: Click Here

I thought I’d run a poll asking if Villa were right to sell Peter Crouch to Southampton -especially when you bear in mind they later sold him on to Liverpool at a £5million profit and he now plays regularly for England!

Now obviously I’m an expert and could see the potential. WHAT? Oh ok, I didn’t think he would ever make the grade but was amazed when we sold him for such a small amount of money, especially when we are always being told how small the squad is by the manager.

So, Peter Crouch, what do you think?

The options are ‘he should have been kept and I said so’. ‘In hindsight he should have been kept’. ‘PC is an average striker’. ‘Is a great striker’. ‘Villa were right to sell him’. ‘£2m? What were you thinking DOL?’

One thing you could always guarantee is he would give 100% and he did always try. My vote goes for the in hindsight option, although I’m still not convinced he is a world class striker, so it either shows the lack of depth for England or he’ll be a gem this world cup and convince me totally. The latter would be very nice thank you!

Certainly seems that Graham Taylor is having the last laugh after the criticism he got for signing Crouch from Portsmouth.

 

11 Replies to “Were Villa Wrong To Sell Crouch?”

  • Crouch wouldn’t be in the England squad if he had stayed at Villa. Sven is unsure where Birmingham is, ask Gareth Barry.

  • Hindsight is a great thing for producing experts, but yes, in hindsight he should have been kept. Then again there is always the question of would he have been as successful here as he was at Southampton?

    I firmly believe that playing for a big club l

  • It seemed fairly obvious to me that he had huge potential in his short stay. I was outraged when he was sold at a big loss, and have had zero faith in O’Leary’s transfer dealings since. He wasted a fortune at Leeds and has wasted a small fortune at Vill

  • It was the loss we sold him at that was difficult to take, I’d never imagined he would become an England striker though. Disagree about the weight on his shoulders Gazton, when he came back with Southampton he was warming up near where I sit, he came ove

  • Mind you, crouch does look at much better player when he’s got a good strike partner. At southampton he had phillips and for England he’s got Owen. Maybe if Villa had bought Phillips sooner things might’ve been so different…..

  • villa were right to sell crouch he wasent that good back then, u couldnt wait around for him to come good, its just one of those things

  • The Fear has it right again! Not have included a sell on clause in the deal for Crouch is typical of the lack of vision from our beloved chairman. The same applies to the Milner deal, where a fee should have been agreed for Villa to have the option to sig

  • Very good point alphieblues, and on the flipside, the way our midfield was set up last season, we’d make any striker look bad. 🙁

  • At the time I thought that getting 2m for him was an outstanding piece of business from our point of view. Even in his early days at Southampton he wasnt pulling up any trees, and certainly wasnt looked upon as a first choice striker at St. Mary’s. I susp

  • I think Peter Crouch is well overated but, only time will tell. If he has a good world cup and proves me wrong then I will eat my words..Although I definitely don’t think he’s worth his £7m price tag.

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