Peter Crouch is always an instantly recognisable figure on the pitch, but he was conspicuous by his absence in last night’s win up at Tynecastle.
Last season, Harry often went for Crouch and VDV as his preferred partnership, but the Dutchman linked up well with Defoe last night, as the two shared the opening goals in the 5-0 win. Slick, quick passing was the order of the day and not a stream of hopeful long balls to a big target man, so overall, were there any clues yesterday as to whether big Crouchy will be on his way?
The rumours have carried on all summer, first with links to Sunderland which prompted Harry to declare that the player wasn’t for sale and then to Stoke and Everton for which there was no response from the manager.
Another story has emerged this morning which, on the face of it, looks unlikely, as a link to AC Milan has appeared. Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri is said to be after a tall and powerful striker and having seen Crouch score against his club in the San Siro last season, it’s said that he is monitoring the player carefully.
It remains to be seen whether there is any substance in that rumour, but for now, does Crouch look to be the odd man out at White Hart Lane?