Alan Shearer talked today about whether he thinks Michael Owen will be at Newcastle next season. Alan says he thinks he will – but only because Owen hasn’t proved his fitness yet. Sounds rather bizarre to us.
Hereâ€™s what Alan Shearer had to say to Alan Oliver of the Evening Chronicle today:
“I am sure there are lots of people who want to ask me whether I think Michael Owen will be at Newcastle next season.
“To be honest, I don’t think anyone would be prepared to pay Â£10M or Â£11M for him until they have seen him play for five or six months.
“So if anyone says to me `will he be here next season’ I would have to say yes, I think he will be.
Well that certainly sounds to us that Michael will be staying â€“ but only because another team have not come in for him. It would be rather cynical now if Michael comes out and says in a week or two that he never had any intention of leaving Newcastle. This seems not to be true but weâ€™ll have to wait and see on that.
Alan went on:
“And I also think him playing up front with Mark Viduka will be a great partnership for United.
“Viduka is great at holding the ball up and we all know how great Michael is at scoring goals.
“So I don’t think there will be many better partnerships out there in the Premiership next season than the one at St James’ Park.”
We agree that Owen and Viduka or even Martins and Viduka will be a good partnership for us – with Ameobi replacing Viduka – whenever Mark’s injured or during the game as a substitute. We do think Ameobi will be much improved from last year.
So are we reading the Shearer quote the wrong way? It sure seems like if somebody made an offer for Michael he’d be off.
Let’s know what you think on this one.