And here’s my No. 1! The most naturally gifted goal scorer England has produced since Jimmy Greaves. Spotted when he was just 10 years old after scoring 16 times in one match and constantly breaking local scoring record, Fowler was snapped up and quickly rose through the Liverpool youth ranks. The skillful forward was scoring plenty at every level and was only a matter of time till his big break through.
Fowler helped England U18’s to the '93 European championships and then made his Liverpool debut which he scored on. Two weeks later in only second professional game he scored five goals against Bolton in the league cup, and on his fifth appearance for the club he scored his first league hat trick. His first 13 games brought him 12 goals and he finished debut season with 18 goals.
He continued to grow at Anfield where he was regularly scoring 20-plus league goals a season until the ugly face of injuries started show its head. Picking up knee ligament damage in 1997, the emergence of Michael Owen, a bad relationship with Houllier and constant niggling injuries Fowler struggled to get back to his goal scoring best, and a change of scenery to Leeds United hoped to bring the best back out of him.
With financial insecurities facing the club and Robbie again struggling to shake off the recurring injuries coupled with a lack of fitness, Leeds offloaded Fowler after a year to Manchester City for half the price they paid.
Fowler struggled for goals and fitness at City and with him picking up a large pay packet it was only a matter of time before the fans got on his back. They eventually cut his contract and he was shockingly picked up by Liverpool. Fowler featured rarely in his final spell at Liverpool but he did manage to overtake Dalglish in the clubs all time goal scorers list.
When his contract expired Fowler had short spells at Cardiff and Blackburn but eventually made his way to Australia where he still plays today. Fowler did manage to play 26 times for England, but with the ability he possessed before injuries, it’s frightening to think what kind of partnership him and Shearer could and should have struck up.