Look at the quality of the teams he's scored against - One against France is the only 'good' team that he's scored against, plus a few half decent ones like Croatia, Ukraine and Mexico.
(Original post by Xotol)
I'd like to point out that, internationally, Crouch has a better goals per game record than Messi, Ronaldo, Van Persie, Rooney, Ibrahimovic, Gomez, Benzema, Higuain, Aguero, Falcao, Robben, Cavani and Suarez.
3 against Jamaica in a world cup warm up match, 2 against a very very poor Greece team in a friendly, 2 against Andorra, 2 against Belarus, 2 against a very poor Egypt team on the night.
I realise that in international football there will be a lot of games and goals against weaker nations because there aren't really that many strong teams, but if you look at the scoring records of Owen, Rooney (although his goalscoring form has been very patchy for England), Shearer, Higuain, Messi etc...probably a lot of the strikers you mention, and you look at who they've scored against, you'll see that there are a lot of weaker teams in there as well, but there are a number of goals against top teams like Brazil, Spain, Holland, France etc... Crouch doesn't have that at all, because the defenses of those teams can deal with him.
He is also terrible in the air and at holding up the ball, which is what he will be used for. He's pretty good with him feet, but as a 'big man' he is terrible. Statistics don't tell the whole story, I'm yet to see him terrorize a quality defence.
Last edited by heyimbored; 12-05-2012 at 13:45.