Crouch jokes he will come out of retirement for Spurs again to help Mourinho

first_imgAnother Tottenham supporter posted: “Get down to the training ground mate, sign for us til the end of the season, you’d definitely bang a few goals for us!”Crouch started his career at White Hart Lane in the youth teams in 1995 but was shipped out to QPR in 2000 without ever making a first-team appearance.But he would put that right in 2009 when he returned after leaving Portsmouth, playing 73 times and scoring 12 goals.2 Son Heung-min could now be out for the season with a broken armCredit: ReutersTottenham boss Jose Mourinho refuses to comment on Son Heung-min’s broken arm injury TOTTENHAM legend Peter Crouch has hilariously said he is “ready” to solve the club’s striker crisis.With star man Harry Kane not expected back for another four weeks, Son Heung-min has also been struck with the injury curse.2 Peter Crouch is ready to solve Jose Mourinho’s striker crisisCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdI’m ready Jose #thereturn🤖 https://t.co/krG510KV1K— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) February 18, 2020 The South Korean broke his arm in the dramatic 3-2 victory against Aston Villa and could miss the rest of the season.That leaves Lucas Moura as the only option up top, although he is far from an out-and-out attacker.Speaking at a press conference, boss Jose Mourinho was reminded that Barcelona have been allowed an emergency striker signing.With Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez likely out for the season, LaLiga are set to sanction a move for Leganes hitman and former Middlesbrough flop Martin Braithwaite.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamIt would make previous shock Barca moves for the likes of Paulinho and Kevin Prince Boateng pale into significance compared to this one.Mourinho said that he was “not aware of the possibility” of bringing a striker in, before adding that he could bring Crouchy back to the club.And not long after the joke, the man himself posted his reaction on Twitter.The 39-year-old, who retired from football last summer, wrote: “I’m ready Jose #thereturn” and he also added the robot emoji.SPURS FANS EXCITEDThat is in reference to his famous “robot dance” goalscoring celebration.And the thought of the 6ft 7ins forward back in the white shirt excited many Spurs fans.Steve Coombes posted: “Crouch comes out of retirement to save the documentary.”Rhys James wrote: “Back stronger”, while many urged him to “sign the contract” and to “come home”.Latest Tottenham NewsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerlast_img read more

Bruins look vulnerable in Pac-10 finale

first_imgSEATTLE – Arron Afflalo said it time and again, and so did Darren Collison. They are UCLA’s leaders, but both said throughout the season how, despite the team’s star power, every member was valuable. A theory that might have fallen on deaf ears before was made loud and clear Saturday in the No. 2 Bruins’ 61-51 loss against the Washington Huskies, when the Bruins showed the razor-thin line between being one of the nation’s elite teams, and just another good team. UCLA center Ryan Wright and power forward James Keefe, who teamed to replace Aboya, scored two points, committed four fouls and failed to grab a rebound. “They didn’t get a rebound between the two of them in 14minutes,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said when asked to assess the play of Aboya’s replacements. “We missed a lot of block outs that led to second-shot opportunities,” Howland said. “Did we miss Alfred? Yes, absolutely, we missed him. But does he make up 15 (rebounds)? Absolutely not.” Shipp led UCLA with 13points, Afflalo added 12 and Collison had five as he labored through a 2-for-15 shooting display. UCLA, which missed its first seven shots and trailed 9-0nearly six minutes in, scored a season-low 20 points in the first half and shot suffered through a horrific shooting 31.3percent overall. “They were more patient than we were in the half-court offense,” Howland said. “When that happens, and we we’re taking quick shots & I expected to come out and play really good, and we didn’t.” Perhaps the best news for UCLA is Aboya said he expected to play Thursday in the Pac-10 Tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With backup Alfred Aboya and his 17 minutes per game on the bench with a knee injury, UCLA was pounded on the boards, lacked the type of intensity Aboya usually helps generate, and ended the regular season with a loss at Bank of America Arena. The loss ended a five-game winning streak, but doesn’t figure to impact the Bruins’ chances of being a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s western regional – providing top-seeded UCLA doesn’t exit next week’s Pacific-10 Tournament early. center_img Still, the sting of losing here for the third straight season was felt harshly. “We didn’t play hard enough,” UCLA center Lorenzo Mata said. “That’s something we have to do every game. We have to play harder than our opponent, and it’s something we didn’t do.” The Bruins (26-4, 15-3) did not excuse their lack of energy on circumstance, namely wrapping up the Pac-10 title Thursday at Washington State, which rendered this game against Washington (18-12, 8-10) meaningless. “We didn’t come out ready to play,” said Afflalo, UCLA’s junior guard. “I don’t know why. They out-physicaled us, they outplayed us in every aspect of the game, and it’s embarrassing. I don’t know what we were resting on. There’s no excuse to come in on national television and not compete for 40 minutes.” Washington’s dynamic inside duo of power forward Jon Brockman (20 points, 13 rebounds) and center Spencer Hawes (13, 15) led the Huskies to a 15-rebound advantage (44-29). last_img read more