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Saint Robbie?

There were reports today in some sections of the media that Southampton may be interested in taking Robbie Fowler on a temporary loan deal, with Stuart Pearce being keen to get Fowler some regular first team action to get him back to full fitness.
Fowler has looked bright at the end of last season, arguably playing the best football of stuttering City career before he suffered another injury which has restricted his appearances so far this campaign.
This season has seen the development of a blossoming partnership between Cole and Vassell, but with the injury to Bradley Wright-Phillips as well we have seen a couple of games with Sibierski being forced to fill in alongside Vassell, which has seen rumours that we are looking to bring in a striker rather than allowing one to leave.
Let alone whether Pearce would actually be considering loaning Fowler out (I can't see for one minute that he would even contemplate it), it is surely out of the question that Fowler would sanction such a move anyway.
He has already gone on record as saying he won't end up as a footballer who drifts down the divisions to prolong their career - and considering his rumoured property portfolio it's not as if he will need to keep playing to feed his family.
I have always been a strong supporter of Fowler during his time as City and felt he is still a player of some talent and backed him to score twenty league goals this season. However, I think time is running out for him to make a fist of it now with City and the development of the Cole-Vassell partnership, with players such as Wright-Phillips and other Academy stars coming it is conceivable that we could be drawing to a close on the career of Robbie Fowler.
I feel that if the remainder of the season is as frustrating as the start of this one has been he will quit and walk away at the end of the season (something which he has already seen his good friend Steve McManaman do) to avoid clouding even further what is becoming a disappointing and frustrating final chapter to a once illustrious career.