Robbie Fowler Joining Blackpool Shows Ian Holloway Hasn't Learned His Lesson

Christopher HallAnalyst IMarch 1, 2012

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 06:  Robbie Fowler of the Glory takes a corner kick during the round 26 A-League match between the Perth Glory and Gold Coast United at nib Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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Blackpool FC's website confirms that former Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester City, and England striker Robbie Fowler is training with the club.  Manager Ian Holloway was quoted as saying,

"Has he got some quality, can he find little pockets, can he play a pass, can he score a goal? Yes, he can. I still think he's hungry, I still think he wants to play and he's got undoubted quality."

Fowler's hunger should be in little doubt, as he's spent the past several years chasing the game in the professional leagues of Australia and Thailand.  And his Blackpool cameo is only made possible due to the delay of India's Premier Soccer League season where Fowler was contracted to play this season.

However, as hungry as Fowler may be, if his time at Blackpool progresses past training to an actual stint in the first team, it will show that Holloway has learned nothing from his past couple seasons.

What Blackpool needs more than a 36-year-old striker is a hefty dose of steely defending.  Take the evidence of its relegation doomed 2010-11 Premier League campaign.  The Seasiders scored 55 goals.  If the table were arranged accordingly, they would have found themselves comfortably in the top half.

However, Holloway's Blackpool conceded 78 goals.  Arrange the table that way and you find Blackpool dead last.  As it turned out just one spot lower than their actual 19th place finish.

Perhaps Holloway has fixed the defensive problems as he tries to take Blackpool right back to the Premiership?  No, no he hasn't.

Blackpool currently sits 4th in the table, just seven points back of front-runners Southampton.  The Seasiders are second only to the leaders in goals scored with 56 knocked in.  So there's that.

But their 43 goals allowed, so far this season, show that Blackpool is even a middling Championship side when they don't have the ball.

Robbie Fowler's introduction into training is probably a kick for some of the younger players who grew up watching him.  However, extending a contract to the former Spice Boy would show that Holloway took little in the way of instruction from Blackpool's cameo in the top flight.