Michael has been talking to Sky Sports and has insisted he is really looking forward to this coming season after going through a lot of misery and torment due to his injuries since he joined Newcastle almost two years ago.
Michael talked on a lot of subjects – and we expect Sam Allardyce to shortly name the captain of his new resurgent Newcastle United.
We feel that if Michael gets the armband he will take it as a huge honor for himself – and that will only further commit him to the Newcastle cause.
Let ‘s take a look at what Michael told Sky Sports News on Thursday.
Michael started his conversation with Sky Sports by talking about his injuries:
“I don’t want any bad injuries this year and if I can stay fit and healthy then I’m sure I’ll score a few goals,” “I don’t feel any different now. I feel like I did before. “It’s been a disappointing year, especially last year.
“I want to play well this year, I want to score goals and I want to make people happy. “If I’m fit and healthy I think everyone knows I’ll score goals. “I’m feeling sharp and strong at the minute. I’m confident it’ll be a good season. “
“If the manager adds a defender or two to the squad then I think we’ll be covered in every position and have a good team.”
Michael probably has a good chance staying free of injuries because of Allardyce’s excellent record on injury prevention at Bolton. Whatever he does it certainly seems to work since Bolton were continually the team with the lowest number of injuries in the Premier League. If Sam can replicate that at Newcastle he will already significantly raise his chances of being successful – because injuries have wrecked our last two seasons. The reduction in injuries will be hugely important for the team this coming season.
Michael continued about the possibility of being Newcastle’s next captain:
“I was asked about it the other day. I think there are plenty of good candidates in our squad already,” “It would be an honor to be asked, but we’ll wait to see who the manager is going to ask.
“There are plenty of other candidates so we’ll wait on that one.”
New boss Sam Allardyce is yet to name Scott Parker’s successor and Owen is one player who has been mentioned to win the armband. Sam knows the type of player he wants as captain but we feel if Michael is given the armband he will think it a huge honor – and will give him that extra responsibility in the team – which may be all that’s needed for him to commit fully to Newcastle’s resurgence under Big Sam.
We know Michael admires Alan Shearer â€“ and to be put in Alan’s position even though he is not a Geordie – will do wonders for Michael. We think that would be great for Newcastle and just as good for Michael. He will then feel he has really everything to play for in the coming success of Newcastle United under Sam Allardyce.
Owen is also closing in on a century of caps for England and since he is still only 27 years-old he has a great chance of making that mark â€“ and many more â€“ if he can just stay fit and healthy.
Michael finished by mentioning his obvious pride in playing for England:
“It’s everyone’s dream to play for their country. To play 82 times, it’s a great achievement.”
“If I didn’t have this injury or that injury I might have got to 100 caps already.”
For us young Steven Taylor or Michael Owen would be inspired choices for captain by Big Sam – for different reasons. Steven because he is black and white through and through – Michael because he is our most experienced player on the International stage and well known throughout the football world.
Let us know what you think – do you think Michael should be the next Newcastle captain?