Belfast Telegraph

Crouch: Owen should join Stoke

Stoke striker Peter Crouch has told Michael Owen he should join the Potteries outfit if he wants to enjoy playing regular football again.

Crouch has not looked back since leaving Tottenham to sign for Stoke for a club record £10million deal 12 months ago, scoring 14 goals in 40 appearances. The 31-year-old feels Owen would enjoy a similar lease of life if he signed up to manager Tony Pulis' squad.

Owen was released by Manchester United earlier this summer, but Crouch told The Sun: "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. If you want to play regular football and enjoy playing again, this is a great place to be."

Crouch added: "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.

"I was really happy the manager could give me games when I was in and out of the Tottenham side.

"Coming to Stoke was never a step down. I'd rather play a big part in something smaller than be a small part of something bigger."

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