UK time is: 03:57:33
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Why Robbie Fowler must be sold

Stuart Pearce, predictably but nonetheless admirably, has reacted to Robbie Fowler's hat-trick against Scunthorpe United at Eastlands in the FA Cup 3rd round, by insisting that he has no intention of selling the once-great forward and by talking up the ex-Liverpool man.

'I have never thought about selling Robbie Fowler,' said the City boss. 'I am acutely aware he has had a lack of first-team football but our squad is too light to consider letting anyone go and that includes Robbie.

'A lot of people think he is workshy but that is simply not the case. He is one of the hardest workers at this football club and he has never given up.

'Robbie has been a little bit disappointed and I can understand that, if I was in his position I would feel exactly the same.

'It has been difficult for him to break through but I have told him to keep his head down, work hard in training and take his chance. He can't do much more than scoring three.

'We will talk about Robbie's future later in the season. But he needs to break back into the first team on a regular basis.'

This is all well and good and, to be honest, what else could Stuart say in response to one of his forwards scoring a hat-trick? But it was against a team struggling in the third tier of English football, a team that gave Fowler so much time and space that he could have built a log cabin before scoring any of his three goals (although the second, admittedly, was a pearler).

If Pearce was really serious about keeping Robbie he wouldn't have effectively frozen him out of the team since he recovered from injury in November. He certainly wouldn't have targeted forwards in the current transfer window. It seems quite clear that Pearce likes two types of strikers. Speed merchants such as Darius Vassell and totems such as Sibierski and Peter Crouch whom he made a bid for in the summer. He already has a potent poacher in the shape of Andy Cole. Fowler is simply surplus to requirements. With all due respect it's time Fowler, and his wages, were moved on.

City need a young, strong forward who can be a foil to Vassell or Cole. Sadly, Robbie Fowler is not that man.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Register on this site via the drop down menu and leave feedback to this story below or click here to join in the debates on the forum.

Go on, get vitalled!

The journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 8 2006

Time: 6:44PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester City Articles

Proving Your Point (Tuesday July 29 2014)

Jovetic Takes Chance To Impress (Monday July 28 2014)

City Not Feeling Charitable (Sunday July 27 2014)

City Win Meeting Of Champions (Thursday July 24 2014)

Negredo Undergoes Surgery (Wednesday July 23 2014)

U21 Game Cancelled - Club Statement (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Negredo Replacement Targeted (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Youngster Exits And Youngsters Exit! (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Negredo Busts His Metatarsal (Monday July 21 2014)

Archived Manchester City Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Buzz Lightyear 230
2. Bluedub 144
3. fifthcolumnblue 99
4. Skoorb 85
5. kennyclementstache 85
6. citizhun 82
7. rojo2010 71
8. Spooks 58
9. BamaEngineer 52
10. PhillyBlueMoon 47

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
7. Hull City 0 0 0 0 0 0
8. Leicester City 0 0 0 0 0 0
9. Liverpool 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. Man City 0 0 0 0 0 0
11. Man Utd 0 0 0 0 0 0
12. Newcastle 0 0 0 0 0 0
13. Q.P.R. 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

Luke, A Shaw Bullet Dodged? ‏
Chelsea : 29/07/2014 19:54:00
Liverpool: LFC Conclude 10m Origi Transfer
Liverpool : 29/07/2014 19:34:00
Eighteen instead of Seventeen!
Chelsea : 29/07/2014 19:18:00
Sunderland In Chase To Land Promising Youngster.
Sunderland : 29/07/2014 19:17:00
Jenkins Update On Bony Situation
Swansea : 29/07/2014 19:07:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Player of the Year?
Suggested By:  Site Staff
David Silva 8%
Pablo Zabaleta 42%
Edin Dzeko 5%
Yaya Toure 45%