Player Duels: Robbie Fowler Vs Michael Owen
Player Duels is back for a third installment! Here, I compare two players asking quite simply who was better. Then the readers have a chance to vote by commenting. You can find links to the first two Duels at the bottom of this page.
Today's duel is between two Anfield legends: Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen. Fowler was known as God and Owen as St. Michael. Both are home-grown talent and products of Liverpool's youth academy.
I'll start by looking at the legend of Robbie Fowler.
One of the most natural finishers the EPL has ever seen, Fowler is the fourth highest scorer in the history of the league. He burst onto the scene by scoring on his debut, and then scoring a phenomenal five goals just two weeks later. In only his fifth league match he scored a hat-trick.
He went on to score a 100 goals for Liverpool in less time than it took the great Ian Rush to do the same. Despite a pretty unsuccessful international career, Fowler was one of the deadliest players in the league. He showed this by scoring a hat-trick against Arsenal in just four and a half minutes, a record which still stands.
In 2001 he captained Liverpool to a treble, scoring in two of the finals. His overall career statistics are 230 goals in 504 appearances, averaging over a goal every two games in his first spell at Liverpool.
Another natural finisher, Owen is also on the list of Premier League's top scorers, currently at seventh. Owen was a star from a young age, making England's World Cup squad at just 18, and scoring one of the most memorable goals in World Cup history.
His national career has certainly been a bigger success than Fowler's, as Owen is now England's fourth highest scorer of all time. He is also the only Liverpool player to have won the European Player of the Year award.
His strike rate is also highly impressive, also averaging over a goal every two games in his Liverpool days, and overall he has scored 194 goals in 384 appearances.
So, ladies and gentlemen, who is your pick? Robbie Fowler or Michael Owen? Remember anyone can vote, just leave a comment saying who you have picked.
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