Reading midfielder Charlie Adam has joined the tongue-in-cheek discussion about a potential Premier League return for Peter Crouch, backing suggestions that Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho should sign him.
Injuries have left Spurs short of options in the final third, with both Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son sidelined for long periods.
That leaves Mourinho, who took charge at the North London club in November, with little choice when it comes to strikers.
Teenager Troy Parrott is their only out-and-out striker fit, while Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Erik Lamela could also be used in that role.
When pressed if Spurs would be looking to make an emergency transfer, similar to Barcelona’s request in LaLiga, Mourinho suggested it was unlikely but jokingly suggested Peter Crouch as an option.
🗣 Jose Mourinho jokes he may be forced to turn to a familiar face at Tottenham!
— The Spurs Web ⚪️ (@thespursweb) February 18, 2020
Crouch took to Twitter to suggest that he was ready for a return.
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) February 18, 2020
Adam, who played with Crouch during their time at Stoke City, got involved with the discussion, suggesting that Spurs should bring him back.
Bring back Crouchy 👏👏
— Charlie Adam (@Charlie26Adam) February 18, 2020
The 34-year-old joined the Royals on a free transfer from Stoke in the summer and has been a bit-part player for Mark Bowen’s side–making 17 Championship appearances and grabbing two goals and two assists.
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It’s funny to see Adam getting involved in the tongue-in-cheek discussions about Crouch sealing a Premier League return.
With Lucas Joao still sidelined, the Royals could use a tall target man, so perhaps Adam could persuade him to sign with Reading.
At the moment, however, you feel he may not be able to get into the side with Yakou Meite and George Puscas both in good form.
Reading look as though they’ve done enough to secure Championship safety, so you feel the focus for the rest of the campaign will likely be on prepping for next season.