It looks as though Peter Crouch might play until his 40’s, according to Stoke City manager Mark Hughes. The Daily Mail are reporting that Hughes is preparing a new contract for the 37-year-old.
Despite being a permanent mainstay on the bench, his cameo performances have donned him as Stoke’s top scorer this season with four goals.
Age is nothing but a number, especially to Hughes, who said, “I think people concentrate too much on his age, in terms of where he is in his career.
“We will more than likely offer him another deal very soon. We would like to think that he will be here for a long time.”
Crouch’s vital role off the bench has made him a record breaker. His cameo at Brighton on Monday saw him set a new Premier League record for 143 substitute appearances, which he previously shared the record with former Newcastle striker, Shola Ameobi.
With him on the field, Stoke are able to alter their game plan to a more direct approach. Hughes went on further to compliment the striker, “It is a credit to him that he is playing at the level he is. I may be doing him a disservice saying he is 37, but he has at least two or three more years at this level”
Crouch’s last goal came again coming off the bench to score against Leicester City. It was his 15th goal as a Premier League substitute that helped his side earn a draw, but it was also a goal that placed him amongst good company in Premier League records. Only Jermain Defoe, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer & Nwankwo Kanu have more Premier League goals as a sub than Peter Crouch, according to Opta.
Crouch’s playing career shows no sign of winding down his top-flight career, and perhaps Hughes was right in proclaiming that the former English International can still play well into his 40s.