This is the guy Dave Jones was retain for Cardiff's Premiership assault this season and whom he believed would score 20 goals. Even though he was a guy who treated his time at Ninian Park with little more than contempt in my eyes and completely ruined my previously favourable view of him for his exploits down the years ... even if I thought he had prematurely lost it and been in decline for 6 years before arriving at Ninian Park.
Five months in the Premiership with Blackburn Rovers followed by 5 more months seemingly as a couch potato (or should thta be couch chips?) at home means Fowler has a major battle to get himself into any sort of shape even to compete in Australian football. It surely underlines how Dave Jones and Cardiff City had a very lucky escape.
This Report Comes from the Australian Daily Telegraph
ROBBIE Fowler, one of the biggest-name footballers to sign for an Australian club, already has tongues wagging - not about his exploits for Liverpool but his body shape.
The man they still call 'God' in Merseyside has three months to go to get himself in good physical condition before he makes his debut as North Queensland Fury's marquee player in the A-League.
As our picture shows, Fowler could be mistaken for one of the characters in the SBS TV series Nerds FC. But he is actually training with the Fury.
Fury coach Ian Ferguson insists his prized capture is not overweight. "He's fine. He's got no problem with his weight," he said yesterday.
Since his second spell with the Reds came to an end against Charlton on May 13, 2007, Fowler has played limited football with Cardiff City and Blackburn.
Despite Fowler's magnificent goalscoring feats in the English Premier League, Ferguson has made it clear to him that playing in the A-League certainly won't be a stroll in the park.