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Crouch Ready For Turf Love

Striker a fan of new home and eager to get off the mark

1 February 2019

Peter Crouch is relishing the prospect of starting life as a Claret at Turf Moor as he looks to gain another entry into the Premier League record books.

Crouch has already scored more headed goals – 53 – than any other player in the Premier League era.

A first goal for Burnley will also see him join Craig Bellamy as the only player to score for seven different Premier League clubs.

And Crouch can’t wait to start that pursuit after signing for the Clarets on transfer deadline day.

“It’s always a good atmosphere. I like the ground. I’ve done well here on a few occasions and scored a few goals,” said the former England striker, who first scored at Burnley in an initial spell with Portsmouth back in 2001.

“It’s always been a difficult place to come and I think that’s what we need to keep going.

“I have come here as an away player and never relished it. It’s always been a difficult game.

“It’s an old ground and one I like playing at and it will be exciting to run out as a home player.”

Crouch may get that opportunity on Saturday when former club Southampton visit Turf Moor in a crunch game for two sides tied together on 23 points just above the bottom-three places.

The 38-year-old, who joined Burnley from Stoke City on a deal until the end of the season, was being assessed by manager Sean Dyche when he trained for the first time with his new team-mates on Friday morning.

And Crouch is ready to answer the call, should it come, and help the Clarets look to build on their five-match unbeaten run and a magnificent performance in Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw at Manchester United.  

“They are all big games now it’s the business end of the season,” added the former Liverpool frontman, who has also played in the top tier with Stoke, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Pompey.

“I have watched them and for the last sort of five games Burnley have played very well and back to what they were doing last year, in my opinion.

“The result at Old Trafford was fantastic. It could have been better, but a fantastic result considering the run they have been on.

“I feel like I’m entering the dressing room at the right time. Everyone seems to be upbeat and looking forward to the rest of the season.

“I had a great time at Southampton and really enjoyed it. But if selected or involved, I will be doing my utmost, whenever given the chance.”

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