You can only choose one Premier League striker: Peter Crouch or Luis Suarez?
The latter will rightly be remembered as a great Liverpool. He won the Golden Shoe, PFA Player of the Year, FWA Player of the Year and European Golden Shoe during his time at Anfield.
However, he hasn’t had as good a Premier League career as former Reds striker Peter Crouch. At least that’s what Ally McCoist thinks.
A goal machine in his day, the talkSPORT Breakfast host was quick to point out that Suarez was the best player and had the best career overall, but believes Crouch has offered more to the England top flight.
The Uruguayan was at Liverpool for three and a half years and spearheaded his campaign for the Premier League title in 2013/14, which defeated them in post by Manchester City.
Although he won only one trophy with the Reds (the League Cup in 2012), Suarez won a number of individual accolades before joining Barcelona in 2014 for £ 75million.
Crouch’s individual prices seem more modest. The eye-catchers saw him take home the club player of the year award at Portsmouth and Stoke.
But it’s Crouch’s longevity in the Premier League that does it for Ally when it comes to this debate. Crouch played in the top flight for 17 years of his 21-year career.
Tuesday morning’s discussion began when thoughts turned to Suarez, who hopes to break Chelsea’s hearts in the Champions League with Atletico Madrid.
Ally and former Premier League striker Darren Bent have both been asked by Laura Woods – from a Premier League perspective – to pick a winner between Suarez and Jamie Vardy. They both agreed that Leicester hitman Vardy had a better career in the Premier League, having also won the Golden Boot and most importantly a league winner’s medal.
But the pair were at odds over Suarez vs Crouch as Bent believes the Atletico Madrid man is getting around him.
“It might sound silly, but I don’t think you can choose Suarez,” Ally said.
“It’s impossible to go for him, how long has he been at Liverpool and how long has Crouchy been in the Premier League?”
“Who had the best time in the Premier League? I think it must be Crouchy.
Bent asked Ally who he put in his starting XI if he had a choice, and Ally admitted he put Suarez in the “different class”.
The debate ended with the two decisions that had the best Premier League careers outside of Bent and Suarez. Bent said Suarez but Ally said it was Bent “all the way”.
Don’t be hard on yourself, Benty!