Why Fowler Could be a Smart Deal for Allardyce

News in the Sun is that Sam would like to sign Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler – who is available on a free transfer since being released by Liverpool recently.

Most fans will not think this a particularly good deal – but we think there could be more upside than downside if we can get Robbie.


Robbie Fowler

Here’s some reasons why we think the acqusition of Robbie Fowler at Newcastle would be a smart deal for Allalrdyce:

  1. Fowler is a talented and natural goalscorer – who has only just turned 32 in April – not too old for a footballer these days
  2. Sam has shown the ability to bring the best out of older players – so in that way it is a typical Allardyce signing.
  3. An excellent learning opportunity for our youngsters to train alongside an experienced and committed professional
  4. It’s a good price – a free – for a player nearing the end of his career
  5. Michael Owen has lots of experience playing with Fowler so they would gel immediately
  6. Fowler will be fitter at Newcastle than he’s been in years – which has hampered him at Manchester City and Liverpool

Allardyce has already warned Newcastle fans not to expect all big name signings – and one thing Sam seems determined to have is a bigger (and better) squad so any injuries can be better absorbed by the club. However, a Fowler acquisition is exactly what Roeder said he wouldn’t do – bring in someone past their prime.

We were short on numbers last year without doubt – and with the injury problems we encountered were badly hit – and it showed in the results.

Building up the squad with smart buys like this one is the way Sam has operated in the past and we cannot expect him to suddenly change his spots.

This will be controversial – so let’s have your comments.

17 comments so far

  • Andy

    May 25, 2007 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    You also missed the obvious point – Having an experienced player s like fowler at the club is a fantastic learning oppertunity for the youngsters that get to train along side them, and committed professionals like Fowler show the younger guys what it takes to get to the top off the pitch too.

  • Phil

    May 25, 2007 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m pretty sure Fowler and Owen dont really get on.

  • Mr Fowler

    May 25, 2007 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Well, if that happened it would mean I could get ‘Fowler’ on my shirt which is my surname. Can’t be bad.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 25, 2007 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Andy – i have unashamedly put your point in as number 3 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    May 25, 2007 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Joe Fowler – that has to be what what swings the deal 😀

  • Espen

    May 25, 2007 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Are you insane?! Fowler is crap. Even worse than Sibierski I guess. No thanks!

  • carl

    May 25, 2007 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7

    ideal as a squad player,experienced and could help hold on to vital leads etc

  • Ryan A

    May 25, 2007 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Your right Espen, lets say he was god in the mid 90s but now he’s worth nothing. Why would u think liverpool throw him out if he was good? Newcastle have to stop buying old garbage that big clubs throw out n be professional like the top 2. Let’s just hope that Ashley comes here so as Sam don’t need to buy scrap like he did in bolton…Although he knows how to remove the rust out of them 🙂

  • joe

    May 25, 2007 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #9

    He’s a far better player than Sibierski! Lol!!!

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  • A geordiedoonsooth

    May 25, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    I think Fowler would be a great 1-2 year signing if Allaerdyce can get him motiviated

  • SS

    May 25, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #12

    This feels horribly familiar – perhaps Mr Fowler could persuade Mr Barnes and Mr Rush to pull on a black and white shirt, and maybe that nice Mr Lawrenson could come and show us how to organise a defence…

  • micheal

    May 25, 2007 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Yeah, robbie would be a good signing, consider we have been linked with Viduka who is the same age as robbie barring some months difference. So why not? Get Owen out and bring in Robbie, and Bellamy back. Love to hate craig but we performed well 3rd 4th and fifth place finishes when he played for us. How would we like to challenge for those positions again.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 25, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #14

    SS – well we’ve certainly signed some bad ones over the years – particularly Dalglish who brought in his Liverpool mates – guess we’ll just have to trust Sam right now

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  • Greg

    Jun 14, 2007 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #16

    Why dont we bring in another 2 or 3 useless strikers aswell and then we can have 4 or 5 strikers sitting on the side of the pitch whinging about not getting a game.
    I mean seriously we already have 6 stikers, owen,ameobi,visuka,martins,carrol and now luque , why the hell would we want another. I know competition for places is good but too much causes unrest amongst the team.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Greg – this was written before we tied up Viduka – we have enough strikers now no doubt about it – we need a couple of center backs and a couple of full backs now – quickly. Sorry we seemed to miss out on Ben Haim.


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