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Hughes' Forward Thinking

Peter Crouch

MARK HUGHES admits he has plenty of attacking options available to him as he plots the potential downfall of league leaders Manchester City.

The Welshman returns to his former stomping ground tomorrow, bidding to become the first manager to lead their side to victory over the Citizens this season.

Whilst Hughes revealed yesterday that his defensive issues haven’t been boosted by the two week international break, he does have a plethora of options available to him in the more attacking positions, with Peter Crouch just one of those knocking on his door for a start.

“He moans and groans a little bit when he doesn't start, but as I have said many times before, from my point of view he is absolutely invaluable to us,” he told Stoke City+ in the build-up to the encounter.

“He is a truly unique player in terms of what he gives to us, either from starting games or coming off the bench."

"Irrespective of whether he starts or not, he is always ready to make an impact when he is on the field, just as he did against Southampton, which is a real credit to him.

“We have good options, especially at the top end of the pitch, and we could use any number of different combinations, so I will look at that and make a decision which I feel is best for us to go.”

Hughes is expected to be boosted by the return of Paris Saint-Germain loanee Jese Rodriguez, after he was forced to miss the 2-1 triumph over Southampton last time out.

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