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Crouch praised by Burnley boss

6th February 2019, 15:19 by Gareth Freeman

Sean Dyche says January arrival Peter Crouch is a "proper professional" who brings a different dimension to Burnley's attack.

Crouch joined the Clarets in the January transfer window from Stoke on a deal until the end of the season.

The 38-year-old was handed his debut as a late substitute in the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday and made his mark by forcing Jack Stephens into conceding the late penalty that led to the Clarets' equaliser.

Dyche was pleased with Crouch's impact and feels the former England international has more to offer up front than simply forcing defenders into making errors.

“We haven’t brought him in just for that,” Dyche told the Burnley Express. “He has got more than that, he is well renowned. The people who have played with Peter Crouch always speak about his ability, his way of bringing players into the game, his understanding of centre-forward play.

“He is such an odd figure, I played against him when he was young but he draws people all over the place, and they end up more worried about him because if they don’t deal with him then they know his record suggests he will take a chance.

“It is a double-edged sword, he can affect it just by his understanding of the game and by the fact that there is no one else like him.

“We didn’t bring him in for just that reason. I think he is a good player, a proper professional and I think he will work with our group as well and I think that is important. The mentality of that is very strong and we want him to add to that.”

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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