With the season around it's half way point, Tranmere Rovers are in a decent position in the league—a few wins on the trot could force Ronnie Moore's team into the play-offs.
Throughout the season, though, it seems Rovers have had one major problem—they have lacked an out-and-out striker, a poacher, a goalscorer. Someone who can win a game with just one chance.
The team's only proven goalscorer, Chris Greenacre, is out for two months. Bas Savage can run around all day, but won't fire us to the play-offs, whilst Ian Moore is stuck out on the wing at the moment.
This leaves youngsters Craig Curran and Terry Gornell as the only possible partners for Bas, and it seems Ronnie does not trust youngsters from the academy. There is always the option of moving right back Ryan Shotton—who has five goals in 19 games so far this season—up top, but in reality a new striker is needed.
And who better than the Premier League's fourth highest ever goalscorer?
I am not denying that Robbie Fowler is past his best, but I still think he can do a job at this level. He could put away the chances that we create that players like Savage and Moore can't. He is experienced, and has played at the very highest level. How many free agents have the pedigree of Fowler?
I'm not saying we should rush in and offer him a four-year contract on £10,000 a week, but he's certainly an option on a short term, pay as you play contract. Whilst he would demand a relatively high fee per game, it could be earned back because he will bring fans through the gates, and sell shirts with his name on the back.
Rumour has it that he is in talk with an Australian club about moving there for next season, which doesn't start until August. So surely it would be beneficial for him to come here and keep his fitness up, get a few goals, and then head off to Oz if it doesn't work out?
The fact is, Tranmere are going nowhere this season at the moment—out of all the cups, and too inconsistent in the league. But if we could get Fowler in, maybe, just maybe, we could push on and scrape into the pay-offs.
Obviously it's a gamble, but it's one we have to take to keep our season alive—unless Ronnie's happy to finish 11th again.
Come on Rovers!