Peter Crouch: His 2012-13 Season for Stoke City in Statistics

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterJanuary 29, 2013

Peter Crouch: His 2012-13 Season for Stoke City in Statistics

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    With Harry Redknapp potentially looking to sign Peter Crouch for the third time in his career (via BBC), now seems as good a time as any to look the target man's statistics so far this season.

    We'll check on four of the most telling stats for Crouch's campaign so far and measure him up against his colleagues in the business.

    Enjoy the slideshow!

Appearances: 15, Goals: 4

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    Stoke City have a plethora of striking options, and as a result Peter Crouch hasn't played in every possible game.

    He's also had a few injury issues—including having a few teeth knocked out—which means he's played in only 15 of the potential 23 league games on offer.

    Even still, the tally of just four goals will disappoint everyone in the Potters' camp. He's chipped in with three assists too, but Jonathan Walters is the go-to guy at the Brittania now, and Cameron Jerome is the super sub.

Aerial Duels Won Per Game: 7.5

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    At 6'7", you'd expect Peter Crouch to be a force in the air.

    He doesn't disappoint, winning 7.5 aerial duels per game to give defences consistent nightmares.

    The opposition will always stick their burliest, most thick-set defender on him but more often than not, Crouch prevails.

    This statistic is good for second across English Premier League players, with only Aston Villa's Christian Benteke bettering him with a staggering 8.4 aerial duels won per game.

Passing Accuracy: 59 Percent

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    As a target man it's important to bring people into play and passing accuracy percentages are a good way to measure a forward's effectiveness in this area.

    It's rare that a player of Peter Crouch's ilk is asked to provide a killer through-ball and that's evident from his low tally of 1.1 key passes per game.

    It is, therefore, disappointing to see the Englishman's pass success rate at just 59 percent. Comparing him to others in his business, Christian Benteke (65.6), Jonathan Walters (69) and Michu (78.2) all average far higher.

Clear-Cut Chance Conversion Rate: 38 Percent

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    The efficiency of a striker will always be measured in how well he takes his chances.

    Peter Crouch is a big target and sees a lot of crosses measured his way, so you'd expect him to be presented with several opportunities per game.

    When presented with a clear-cut chance to score, Crouch finds the net 38 percent of the time. That might sound a little low, but compared to other strikes who have the same goal tally as him this season (4), he's doing pretty well.

    Andreas Weimann is an anomaly at 50 percent, but Papiss Cisse (18), Franco Di Santo (20) and Grant Holt (30) are far less deadly.