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Robbie Fowler Will Have a Negative Effect on Sydney FC

Ali HContributor IApril 15, 2010

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 02:  Robbie Fowler of the Fury looks on during the round 25 A-League match between North Queensland Fury and the Newcastle Jets at Dairy Farmers Stadium on February 2, 2010 in Townsville, Australia.  (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)
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In recent weeks the media has rumoured that former Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler is on the verge of putting pen on a new contract with Sydney FC. This will see him fulfil the marquee position that has been left vacant since the departure of John Aloisi.

Why is Vítězslav Lavička allowing the club to make this purchase? I am 100 percent sure that this is not the player he would want to sign as his marquee player. Why, you ask? Because I believe that someone with his intelligence, knows that he has no use for a 35-year-old "has been."

There, I said it. He made 26 appearances and netted nine goals, two of them from the spot. To prove that he is not worth the marquee position, we will do some comparisons:

Shane Smeltz : 25 matches, 19 goals—Not a marquee player
Carlos Hernández : 27 matches, 13 Goals—Not a marquee player
Paul Ifill : 28 matches, 12 Goals—Not a marquee player
Sergio van Dijk: 27 matches, 13 Goals—Not a marquee player

It is quite clear that he is not in the team for his eye for goal and ability to net goals, so is the Sydney FC board trying to sign him because of his name, or is it because he is a draw card for the A-League?

If so, this is a stupid idea as the novelty of Robbie Fowler has already worn off.  People don't want to watch a man who once was a great footballer play for their team and possibly cost the team matches. We want to see players that will excite the crowd with their goals, passes, and overall talent, something we will not get if we sign Fowler.

This move is not good for the club's performance next season. It will not draw the crowds that they expect and it will help lose fans to the Western Sydney team that is looking at entering the A-League the following season.

But who can we sign as a marquee player? A player that will ensure that Sydney is scoring goal after goal, match after match on a consistent basis is what will put bums on the seats at the venues or entice viewers switching over to catch the game. That will make the game worth watching because we will see goals.

Who are players that can do this for Sydney, you ask? Here is a list of players that I believe can help score goals for the club, whether it be a midfielder or striker. Some of these players could possibly signed as a regular player, not marquee.


Shabani Nonda

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The 33-year-old free agent played for Monaco, Roma, Blackburn and Galatasaray. In 397 appearances he has 190 goals.


Henri Camara

32-years-old Camara has suited up for Sheffield United, Celtic, Stoke City, West Ham, and Wigan. He has 99 international caps for Senegal.


Mohamed Kader

The 31-year-old was a regular at Ajman Club, Guingamp, FC Sochaux, Servette FC, and Parma. He has tallied 86 caps and 54 Goals for Togo.


Mohammadou Idrissou

Idrissou's contract at SC Freiburg is expiring, so the 30-year-old may be available to come to Sydney. The Cameroon international (27 caps, nine goals) has previously played for Hanover and SC Freiburg.


Nelson Cuevas

30-year-old Cuevas is currently at Olimpia Asunción, after stints at River Plate and Santos & Club America. He has 41 caps playing for Paraguay.


Andy van der Meyde

The former Everton, Inter, and Ajax star is coming to the end of his contract with PSV.  The 30-year-old has one goal and 18 caps for Holland.


Carlos Tenorio

Another 30-year-old on the list, Tenorio is currently playing his trade at Al-Nasr. The prolific goalscorer has 159 goals in 244 appearances, as well as 12 goals in 51 games for Ecuador.


Darius Vassell

The 29-year-old Ankaragücü striker came to the club via Aston Villa and Man City. He won 22 caps and scored six goals for England, but he has not played for the national side since 2004.


Tabaré Viudez

At just 20 years old, this young prospect signed to Milan in 2008 is not playing club football at Defensor Sporting.


Mehrdad Oladi

24-year-old Oladi recently had a successful trail with La Liga's Xerez CD, but things failed to materialise when he was unable to get a visa. He's not playing for Malavan.



There are some ideas on players that would add great dynamic to the squad and could help improve the lacklustre Sydney FC performances that we have been accustomed to. The experience of some of these players would help the up and coming become better players.

But we need to start looking at trying to sign foreign youngsters rather then veterans...we need to stop making it a retirement village. I am sure that many of you can think of players that are realistic targets for Sydney FC as a marquee player.

You may agree with me or disagree, but signing Robbie Fowler is not going to help Sydney FC. In fact, it have the reverse effect.

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