Peter Crouch has dropped a massive hint that he is ready to ask to leave Stoke this summer after becoming frustrated by his lack of first-team opportunities.
Crouch, 35, joined Stoke in a then-club record deal of £10million in 2011, has made just two Premier League starts this season and does not want to spend the last year of his contract sitting on the sidelines.
Mark Hughes blocked the possibility of Crouch leaving in the January window and the England striker, an unused sub in Monday’s loss to Spurs, says he will now consider his future at the end of the season.
“I make no bones about it, it has been a frustrating season for me and I’ve not been involved anywhere near as much as I would have liked,” said Crouch, in quotes in the Daily Mirror.
“What’s frustrating is that I still feel the same as I did four or five years ago, so it has been frustrating that I have not been given the opportunities.
“I still feel like I’ve got plenty to offer and I know I’m probably not going to start 38 Premier League games, but I do need to play more than I have been.”