Crouch is heading king
By Paul Townley
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Opta explain why gangly Southampton striker Peter Crouch is top dog.
After a disappointing start to the season, Peter Crouch is flourishing under Harry Redknapp's new regime.
The Premiership's tallest player has become a focal point of Southampton's plan to escape demotion to England's second flight.
Arriving from Aston Villa in the summer, Crouch did not start a league game until Redknapp's arrival in December and has repaid his gaffer by scoring six goals in 10 starts.
Five of those goals have come off the head of the 6ft 7in forward, more than any other player in The Premiership.
The most impressive aspect of Crouch's headed threat this season is the list of victims who have conceded to the beanpole striker.
Middlesbrough, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal all sit in the top half of the table but have fallen foul of Crouch's aerial ability.
Only Tim Cahill (27 shots) and Juan Pablo Angel (26) have attempted more headed shots than Crouch this season, with the Colombian's strike at Fulham this season his solitary headed goal.
Cahill's team-mate, Kevin Kilbane, may wish to pay closer attention to his Australian colleague in training as despite attempting 17 headed shots, the Irishman's only goal this season came at Norwich courtesy of his right boot.
|Player||Team||Headed Goals||Headed Shots|
|Papa Bouba Diop||Fulham||3||17|
|Kevin Davies||Bolton Wanderers||3||14|
|Paul Scholes||Manchester United||3||8|
|Talal El Karkouri||Charlton Athletic||3||6|