Key Man Crouch

Peter Crouch

MARK HUGHES is only too aware that Peter Crouch is likely to be a wanted man in January but insists the veteran striker won't be going anywhere.

The 36-year-old rolled back the years against Leicester  Cityon Saturday when he stepped off the bench to bag a precious equaliser for the Potters.

Crouch has scored three Premier League goals this season and, despite his advancing years, he remains a key figure in Hughes’ plans.

The City boss admits that Crouch has been frustrated by a lack of playing time but believes he will satisfy his yearning for first-team action over the course of the season.

“Peter continues to make an impact at this level but that’s because of the work he does on a daily basis,” Hughes revealed.

“He needs to stay here; he’s unique in terms of what he gives us and he’s still very adept at what he does. We’ll give him the games that he needs without a shadow of a doubt.

“He’s playing well. I thought his general play was good, irrespective of the great goal that he scored.

“He’s very effective and I know a lot of other clubs would love to have Peter Crouch on their roster.

“We’re delighted he’s here - we know what to do to make sure he’s effective so there’s no reason for him to leave.”