UK time is: 18:41:18
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

The Ped Report...City 2-1 Swansea City (Sunday November 23 2014)

Stats: Man City v Swansea (Saturday November 22 2014)

Team News: City v Swansea City (Friday November 21 2014)

Pellegrini Sets New Year Target (Friday November 21 2014)

Kompany Boost For City (Thursday November 20 2014)

Fernando Expects Chelsea Slip (Wednesday November 19 2014)

Frustrated Sinclair Just Wants To Play (Wednesday November 19 2014)

French Interest In Guidetti? (Wednesday November 19 2014)

Nastasic Out, Messi In? (Tuesday November 18 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. Johnny Baguette 250
2. Skoorb 214
3. fifthcolumnblue 121
4. kennyclementstache 102
5. Bluedub 101
6. OziMan 74
7. BamaEngineer 72
8. rojo2010 69
9. CITYBOY1000 54
10. ManchestEZ City 46

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Man City 2 - 1 Swansea
Q.P.R. 2 - 2 Man City
Man City 1 - 0 Man Utd
West Ham 2 - 1 Man City
Man City 4 - 1 Spurs
Aston Villa 0 - 2 Man City

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 12 10 2 0 +19 32
2. Southampton 11 8 1 2 +18 25
3. Man City 12 7 3 2 +11 24
4. Man Utd 12 5 4 3 +4 19
5. Newcastle 12 5 4 3 -1 19
6. West Ham 12 5 3 4 +4 18
7. Swansea 12 5 3 4 +3 18

Breaking League News

» Hull City : 23/11/2014 17:49:00
» Crystal Palace : 23/11/2014 17:33:00
Vital Report: Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool
» Liverpool : 23/11/2014 16:02:00
The Ped Report...City 2-1 Swansea City
» Man City : 23/11/2014 13:50:00
Liverpool: Palace vs. LFC Team News
» Liverpool : 23/11/2014 12:41:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Your Favourite Kun Goal From The QPR Horror Show?
Suggested By:  The Headshaker Ritual
Agüero 32′ 45%
Agüero 83′ 55%