Peter Crouch confronts surreal claim he "drank more beer than water" as player

A strongly worded article claiming Peter Crouch "drank more beer than water" during his loan spell at Swedish side IFK Hassleholm was unearthed on the former Tottenham Hotspur striker's podcast.

The beloved target man certainly made his mark in the Premier League, starring for the likes of Liverpool, Spurs, Portsmouth, and Stoke City, contributing 106 goals and 63 assists. However, the ex-England international did not quite reach the same heights when he was sent on loan to the Swedish side when he was only 19.

In fact, he was even demoted to Hassleholm's reserve team, despite the fact the team was mainly made up of part-timers. And Crouch reacted to a very "harsh" article that slammed his contributions in Scandinavia.

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The article, read out on That Peter Crouch Podcast, stated: "Rumours abound that Crouch spends a lot of his non-football time drinking and enjoying what little nightlife the town of Hasselholm offered. According to some reports, Crouch drank more beer than water during his time at the club."

While he believed the article was "a tad harsh", Crouch did not completely dispute the stinging criticism. "Basically, Sweden was like my uni, so I did everything you would do at uni," Crouch added.

"We were 19-years-old and we've been thrown into a Swedish league and we are in the summer basically. We had a lot of fun, I'm not going to lie."

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But the criticism didn't end there, as it also went on to completely slate Crouch's footballing contributions on the pitch. "Crouch was a poor player technically, in particular in the air," the report continued.

Considering the fact Crouch has scored more headers than any other player in the Premier League, this particular critique may raise many eyebrows. However, Crouch admitted this criticism was very representative of his abilities at the time.

"This is truth," Crouch admitted. "Technically, I could play, but my heading was awful and I had to work at it. I think it says there, I got smaller when I jumped, which is quite a hard thing to do."


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