Although some may want to drop Crouch, I have different opinion. Ricky is right that Crouch can provide enough thread to the defence to score direct or to provide other strikers to score. Unfortunately, his striking partners are good enough to finish off. For the rest of this season, the first choice partnership should be Crouch and Fowler.
It seems to be a common view that Cisse and Morientes must go this summer. The concern is whom to buy to replace them.
Defoe has good experience in English football, with a similar playing style as Fowler and Baros, or even Owen. To rank these four, Owen is definitely the best. However, 16m is far far too much. Since Baros' pricetag was 6.5m, it is justified to pay 7m for Defoe.
Kuyt is a good buy if he can maintain his scoring rate with Liverpool. The risk is whether his playing style suit our existing pattern.
If the new recruit is Defoe only, he may have to fight for his place with Fowler. Crouch may still be the first choice.
If Both Kuyt and Defoe are bought, then it will be Crouch/Fowler versus Kuyt/Defoe. I like this kind of partnership style.
For example, Rooney was supposed to team up with Van Nisteroy, but now Saha performs much better with Rooney instead.
How to set up this kind of partnership will be a good test on Rafa's coaching skills.