Crouch, often the lone front man in his time at Stoke, is appreciating having company in the attacking third.
"I'm really enjoying playing with Stephen. He's a clever player and he gets around me," he said.
"I know he's close to me and I can give him the ball and he knows he can give it back to me too.
"We have a good understanding. I enjoy playing with him in training and hopefully that can continue."