Michael Owen’s slight thigh strain has re-ignited the concerns Sam Allardyce has of the injury problems Newcastle seem to have always had â€“ and which got dramatically worse over the last two seasons.
Last year Newcastle’s injury record was the worst ever in Premiership history â€“ while at the same time Sam Allardyce and Bolton had the best injury record in the Premier League.
Michael Owen – injured again
Sam has to stop the injuries that keep happening at Newcastle â€“ and while Owen’s injury is minor and no cause for concern – it is nevertheless the first injury sustained at Newcastle (that we know of) under Sam as manager. Injuries have certainly been responsible for both Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder losing their jobs in the past.Â We’re sure itâ€™s not just by chance that Newcastle have a poor injury record and now we have Big Sam in the job – we are hopeful he can fix the injury record.
Michael Owen – when he first joined Newcastle two years ago – and before his first bad injury at the end of December 2005 – kept missing games at the last minute due to little niggles. That is not good for such an important player and we hope Sam can get Michael fully fit so he can play a major number of games for the club this season. That alone should help us win quite a few games.
Fix the injury problems and that will be a giant step forward towards Newcastle performing better in the league. Couple this with Sam’s unquestioned ability to get the best out of our players and we should be well on our way. But we will keep a note of the injuries and really hope for a big improvement this season.