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Gone are the days when the traditional No. 9, whose strengths lay simply in scoring, prospered.
Robbie Fowler's playing style is an extinct commodity, making way for more well-rounded forwards with multiple facets to their game.
Arrigo Sacchi, legendary manager of AC Milan in the 1980s, proposed the idea of ridding specialists from the game.
By this, he meant to dispense with the "Claude Makelele" role, a position designed only to break up play in midfield. He meant to make the traditional, chalk-on-your-boots winger extinct, whose only objective was to get the byline and cross.
Essentially, he was looking to redefine the very meaning of "versatility" in football.
This carries across to the striking position too. Several managers in world football history have looked to add more elements to the forward position aside from simply sticking the ball in the back of the net.
That's the essence of the false nine—not just to score, like Fowler did so well for Liverpool, but to create chances, holes, space and more.