Robbie Fowler has a two-week trial at Ewood Park – is this a stroke of genius by Paul Ince or is the new Blackburn boss clutching at a whole heap of straws?
While nobody can deny that the striker has had an awesome career, scoring a veritable shedload of goals wherever he’s gone, time waits for no man and the 33-year-old has lost several yards of pace since he was a fresh-faced youngster turning out for Liverpool. The Daily Telegraph report that the scouser still thinks he’s got what it takes to trouble those mean Premier League defences.
“I don’t think anyone at Cardiff can blame me for taking this opportunity because I still have a desire to play at the top level,” Fowler, who scored six goals in 16 appearances for the Welsh club, said.
“Most importantly, I believe I can still do it. I could take the contract on offer at Cardiff and there are no guarantees that I will be taken on by Blackburn but at this stage of my career I’ve got to take a chance.
“I love playing and it doesn’t matter what age you are, you want to play in the Premier League and I honestly think I can do it.”
Fair play to Fowler – he is a very rich man, who could quite easily hang up his boots and be debating over whether to play a six iron or seven off the fairway right now. Instead he is working his backside off, hoping to get a final hurrah in the Premier League. It would be great to see him in the top flight, but only if he doesn’t disgrace himself.