Lindfield - The next Robbie Fowler?

By Paul Smith
Last updated : 02 November 2007

Date of birth: 07/09/1988

Height: 6 foot

Birthplace: Wirral, Liverpool

Position: Striker

Previous clubs: Liverpool

Honours: 10 England under-19 caps, FA Youth Cup winner (2006 and 2007)

According to www.thisisanfield.com Lindfield is "the next Robbie Fowler." High

Fowler...God
praise indeed considering the man they call God at Anfield netted 183 goals in red during a ten year split spell.

The reality is that Lindfield is a superb prospect for Rafa Benitez's side who was handed his first full-time contract in the summer after two exciting seasons with the successful youth side.

He netted twelve times in their run to glory over two years and also scored on his debut senior Reds appearance in a friendly match against Crewe Alexandra which they won by his solitary strike to none.

That strike was ironically set up by Fowler and was finished with a great volley on his left foot, but he hasn't made a competitive appearance as yet.

With the likes of Fernando Torres, Andrei Voronin, Dirk Kuyt and Peter Crouch in the Liverpool ranks, the teenager has found his chances limited with Benitez insistent that he heads out on loan to boost his experience.

He was close to joining Sheffield Wednesday during Paul Sturrock's reign there but after Sturrock left any possible deal fell through.

He is still said to have a future in the Premiership, making it a superb coup for McParland - and most notably assistant boss Dave Kevan who tracked him during his spell in the same role at Championship Burnley.

The marksman scored twice for the England under-19s against Austria during a 3-3 draw there in October of last year.

Lindfield... Used to celebrating
Lindfield is said to be a pacey player with fantastic finishing ability and a willingness to learn making him ideal for boosting the Magpies' shot-shy strike force who have scored just three times between them all season.

That is two for Spencer Weir-Daley, one for Hector Sam and none for Lawrie Dudfield, Jason Lee or Andy Parkinson.

Upon his signing McParland said: "It is no secret that Notts County have not scored anywhere near enough goals this season and hopefully Craig can help us do something about that.

"Liverpool rate him very highly but have agreed to let him join us because they see it as a key part of his development that he gets a taste of first team football."

Lindfield will debut in Saturday's League Two encounter at Accrington Stanley - most likely from the bench.

Notts. County Match Reports

Sky Bet League Two Sat 18th November 15:00

Notts County 3 - 1 Cheltenham Town

Last game - Match Centre


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