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Crouch A Good Fit: Cork

Clarets' lynchpin welcomes arrival of new striker to help plug the gap

5 February 2019

Jack Cork believes the towering figure of Peter Crouch can be the ideal fit at Burnley.

Crouch’s arrival at Turf Moor on transfer deadline day coincided with the departure of the long-serving Sam Vokes.

And while Vokes’ exit from the squad has been felt, Cork has welcomed the signing of a player who has been making his mark in the Premier League for over 16 years and with the experience of six top-flight clubs behind him.

“It was sad to see someone like Sam Vokes leave, someone who’s done so much for the club and was a great player,” said the Clarets’ midfield man.

“But it was understandable that he moved on and to bring in someone like Peter Crouch gives the fans a lift after something that’s a little bit disappointing.

“First day he came in he went around and just said hello to everyone and he seems like a really good guy.

“He’s got that experience of being at different clubs and knows what it’s about.

“He seems like he should fit in really well with the group we’ve got. We’ve got a good group of guys who are down to earth and hopefully he will settle in quickly.”

As well as gelling of the pitch, Crouch showed on his debut against Southampton that he also has plenty to offer on the playing front.

His introduction as a substitute gave the Clarets an added late option as they looked to get back into the game.

And the move paid off as the former England striker helped create a couple of chances before his header was handled to give Burnley the penalty that earned them a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.

“You saw from the weekend coming on, he proved a handful straight away,” Cork added.

“He’s a massive threat and he’s scored a whole load of different goals.

“It’s great to have that experience of someone who knows how to score goals and if you’re a team who hasn’t been scoring as many as you like, then someone like that is perfect to come in and help.”

The Clarets have only drawn a blank in front of goal in the Premier League twice since the opening day of December with Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood both on song.

The pair have shared six league goals between them during the Clarets’ current six-match unbeaten run which has lifted them out of the bottom three.

And on Saturday they return to face former club Brighton – where they shared a promotion success from League One in 2011 – with the chance to fire Burnley level on points with the Seagulls, who are currently 13th in the table.

“We’ve worked hard to put ourselves in this position,” said Cork.

“From where we were two months ago, I think Brighton were 15-20 points ahead us. So, for us to claw back into it and have a chance to go equal with them on points, I think is a great an opportunity.

“We’ve been playing well. We are in good form and we should be going there positive and just feeling ‘perform how we have been performing and get something from the game’.”


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