Natural 9 Becoming Obsolete – Crouch Laments , As He Enters Guinness World Records



Former Liverpool forward Peter Crouch thinks the Old Skool natural 9 is becoming obsolete to modern day football as he enters the Guinness World Records 2018 for most headed goals in the Premier League.

The Stoke City striker has scored a surprising 51 Premier League goals with his head and accepts conventional centre-forward play is withering away.

Crouch said: ‘I see centre-forwards hanging around outside the box and it blows my mind, I just can’t get my head around it.

‘I believe, if you are a forward, you should be in the box, ready for the ball. That’s the way I have always played my game and that will never change.’


The former England striker who has over 41 international caps still has the abilities to torment defenders with his towering height at 36-years of age, regardless of not being the first choice for Mark Hughes, Crouch keeps on contributing off the bench, heading in a late winner for the Potters against Southampton in September.

The productive forward mirrored that his international career ended up rashly and his England colleagues ought to have won a trophy amid with their golden generation.

He said: ‘When I played for England I felt like I was going to score in every game. I loved it, was in every squad for five years in a period where I felt we had our best squad since 1966.

‘It was an incredible side to be a part of and really should have gone on and won something.’

Having outperformed Alan Shearer’s record of 46 headed goals in Premier League, Crouch is charmed to be the outright forward as of late and see Andy Carroll as an imminent threat to his record

‘I think there is probably only Andy Carroll now who will stay around and score the type of goals that I do.

‘Other than that, there’s not many around in the Premier League who play the way we do, with opposite wingers on different sides, crossing has become a bit of a rarity.’


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