Some good news from the Journal this morning â€“ as players return today for pre-season training in preparation for their trip tomorrow to their Austrian training camp.
Luke Edwards reports that Michael Owen is now determined to prove his commitment to Sam Allardyceâ€™s side. While some fans may take this with a pinch of salt we think that indeed Michael is ready to play his part in what will be a very important season for Newcastle.
Michael Owen – I’m Ready!
One of the pieces that has run through the media – ever since his agents announced Michael had an escape clause in his contract – is that he wanted away â€“ and was even disillusioned at Newcastle. We always wondered if these things were true – and if not – why Michael didn’t issue some denial. Readers of this site suggested Michael didn’t want to keep issuing statements on everything written in the press about him – which we agree is a lot for a player of his fame.
Well â€“ whether that is now true or not – we believe Michael has committed to the Allardyce revolution â€“ and he must have been impressed with the way the big man has gone about his task at Newcastle. Most fans have also been so impressed with the no-nonsense, tell it as it is approach by Allardyce to his new job. While fans have not seen much of Sam yet we feel there is already a kinship building for the big man with the fanatical Geordie fans.
Owen has reportedly told team-mates he is no longer contemplating the possibility of a move as he concentrates on ensuring he is fully fit for the start of an injury-free campaign on Tyneside.
In fact that’s an immediate test for Sam’s back-room staff â€“ to cut down on any pre-season injuries at the club. It will be interesting to see what transpires during the pre-season – and of course we need to sign more players â€“ especially defenders. The good news today coming from the Chronicle this morning is that we have won the race for Geremi â€“ which is great. We also think there’s a very good chance we can wrap up a deal for Edmilson today or tomorrow â€“ since the news is that Edmilson has already decided on Newcastle â€“ and is very impressed with the way Sam has gone about trying to sign the Brazilian – and had discussions last week with Edmilson, his wife and his agent.
The fact that Owen seems a lot happier now can only add to the expectations at today’s first day of training. Cannot wait for the season to get underway â€“ whoops â€“ must stay down to earth and not get too carried away ……. again.