Crouch wants former England teammate Owen at Stoke

Peter Crouch has urged Michael Owen to join him at Stoke City, emphasizing that it is by no means a step down in his career. Reported in the London Evening Standard, Crouch has spoken of his move to the Brittania Stadium and why he hopes Owen will join him there this season.

He said: “Coming to Stoke was never a step down. I was really happy the manager could give me games when I was in and out of the Tottenham side. I’d rather play a big part in something smaller than be a small part of something bigger.

On the topic of Owen he added: “I know Michael has a big decision to make after leaving a club the size of Manchester United – but I had a similar decision to make last summer. At Tottenham we were challenging for a Champions League place every season. We’re not doing that at Stoke but we are building something worthwhile here.

The 31-year-old striker had a strong first season at Stoke and had no trouble winning the fans over. He made 32 league appearances, scoring 10 times to help the side finish 11th. Crouch was also named the club’s player of the year.

Owen is expected to make a decision on his career in the next few weeks but has said all along that he wants to remain in the Premier League and compete at the highest level. Stoke have been linked with the former Real Madrid and Liverpool star all summer but he is yet to agree to talk officially to any club.

Crouch had one more selling point for Owen – the fans. He said: “Michael will obviously make his own decision but a player of that calibre would be fantastic to have around the place. And the fans will absolutely love him. They were amazing with me when I first signed and they’re still great with me now.

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