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Villa Made Huge Mistake With Crouch

Villa Made Huge Mistake With Crouch

Vital Villa asked what Villa fans thought of Peter Crouch now he has become a Liverpool and England striker. Villa bought Crouch from Portsmouth for over £6million during Graham Taylor's second stint as manager but he was sold at a huge loss to Southampton (£2m) when David O'Leary joined 3 seasons ago (is it really only 3 seasons? Seems soooo much longer!).

34% were clever so-and-so's who said we should have kept him and I said so.
18%, including me, said in hindsight we should have kept him.
19% voted for the option '£2m? What were you thinking O'Leary?

Just 1% said he is a great striker and 4% said he is an average striker. (Might ask that again after the World Cup depending on how well he does for us!)

Just 24% felt Villa were right to sell him.

They might have been right to sell him but not to have a sell on clause so we got a percentage of the £7million fee that Liverpool paid Southampton was total negligence and if the fans are shareholders had more about them, should have led to strong calls for the board to resign for costing the club even more than the £4million original loss we made on him.

Our current poll is asking is Peter Crouch the coolest dancer on the planet? No, not really, it relates to old Dougy boy.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday June 6 2006
Time: 10:37AM


Sorry to dipute your facts here Mr Fear but if my memory serves me correctly we actually paid around £4 million for Crouch, not £6 million. Still a massive loss for a player at the club for just 1 season - a ridiculous loss. I was one of the voters for "£2 millioon, what were you thinking O'Leary?"
Villain Of The North
06/06/2006 10:49:00
Peter Crouch needs to be played in a certain way. And there is no doubt that he has developed dramatically while at Anfield. If Owen returns to Liverpool next season, they could have a decent crack at the league.
06/06/2006 10:52:00
I've just checked my facts. According to the Wikipedia online encyclopedia Villa paid £5 million for Crouch, so we were both wrong by a million, but whats at million between freineds? ;-)
Villain Of The North
06/06/2006 10:54:00
And we will continue to make major mistakes while we have the clowns we have making the decissions
irish villa
06/06/2006 10:56:00
Wikipedia is added too by users, so they might be wrong! Anyway, when have I let facts get in the way of a good story? I know the press reports at the time were saying £6m anyway, maybe that was including add ons (like the cost of the extra material needed for his shorts?)
The Fear
06/06/2006 10:57:00
Crouchy was rubbish at Pompey. We thought that we were paying %mill to you for taking him off our hands. It was only under Lord Redknapp he started to become a player
06/06/2006 10:59:00
So were Villa wrong to sell Milosevic as well? ;)
06/06/2006 11:01:00
Strange to say that he was rubbish at Pompey, according to our good freinds at Wikipedia again, that is where he had his best goals to games ratio (except for england where he is currently 5 goals for 7 games - not bad that). His overall play may have improved but as we are told time and again by O'Cocksitup, the measure of a striker is how many goals he scores.
Villain Of The North
06/06/2006 11:08:00
u did the right thing to sell him, he wasent that good back then, u couldnt wait for hik to improve
green giant 12
06/06/2006 11:33:00
As a Pompey fan who saw Crouch play regularly for Pompey all those years back I can firmly say he was a big hit in his only season with us in the championship. He played for a struggling team that escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth, yet managed to score close to 20 goals!! Already back then you could see he had alot more to his game than his height, in fact he was often (and still is to some degree) disappointing with his head. I also believe the transfer was between the 5 - 6 Million mark, it was set to rise to £6 Million based on some added clauses, I suspect they were never met as he didn't play many games for you or score many goals. Just don't think he was given enough of a chance at Villa.
06/06/2006 11:33:00
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