Stoke City forward Peter Crouch has said that he is hoping that he combines well with new signing of the club Saido Berahino.

The striker was acquired from West Bromich Albion for £15 million and is set to anchor the attack at City. However Crouch has said that his position in the team is not threatened but that he expects a strong partnership with the new man like his partnership with Jermain Defoe.

The 6ft7in player pointed to his combination with Defoe at Tottenham and Portsmouth as an example that he could link up perfectly with another striker.

“I had a fantastic relationship with Jermain and it would be great to try and get that kind of partnership going with Saido,” the former Three Lions star said.

Crouch has been decent of late, scoring three times in six games upon his return to the first team. The player says he would not give up his slot without a fight but that he could fit perfectly with the incoming player.

When diminutive Defoe combined with the very tall Crouch they netted 72 times within three years in a productive partnership.

“Hopefully with him coming in we can work together rather than replacing each other. I know I will be a threat if I continue to play. I’m loving every minute of playing at the moment and long may that continue,” the former Liverpool player added.

Many have rumoured that Crouch may not receive a new deal of could even get booted out if the new player performs but he thinks otherwise as he feels he is still relevant in the setup.
Stoke have enjoyed a decent season but obviously aspire for greater heights as a Premier League side.