Allardcye Concerned About Owen’s Injury Problems

Fans heaved a sigh of relief when Michael Owen decided to stay at the club after only being able to turn out for 14 games in his first two seasons on Tyneside.

However, Michael has again been hit with injury and he will now miss at least the first two weeks of the season.

Sam Allardyce talked this morning with the Journal and discussed his concerns with Owen’s injury problems.


Michael Owen – continous injuries since arriving at Newcastle

Sam told Luke Edwards of the Journal this morning:

“When I arrived one of the biggest worries was not knowing about Michael’s future, but since then the biggest frustration has been his niggling injuries,”“He is still game short, not just in terms of pre-season, but all of last season as well. He has not played much football at all recently.”

“I was actually thinking the games he played at international level at the start of the summer were very useful for him because they gave him game time. I think the same about England’s friendly against Germany if he is fit to play in that.”“For him not being able to play in pre-season is frustrating for him and bitterly disappointing for us. He desperately needed those games, but unfortunately this thigh injury has taken longer than we thought to get better.”

“It must be terrible for him because he was really looking forward to getting involved with the lads again during the pre-season games.”

“He has done plenty of training when he has been recovering from the injury, it isn’t training he is lacking, it is games and missing pre-season is a big blow for him and us.”

Owen will not feature at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday and is unlikely to be involved against Aston Villa the following weekend as Sam feels he is very short of match fitness.

Allardyce added:

“I’m very happy with the five strikers I’ve got. I think four is the minimum you go into a new season with and we have got a good variety.”

“We can also use a bit of squad rotation and have competition for places, which is what you need for your front men.”“Oba was the main man last year because Michael was kept out with injuries, but they will be fighting with each other for a place in the side this season.”

“Perhaps even the pair of them will play together with one of the big men on occasions as well.”

Despite a few injury setbacks during United’s pre-season fixtures, Allardyce has been pleased with how things have gone, particularly in terms of taking a close look at some of the club’s Academy players.

Sam added:

“The players who have played in pre-season, who might not have done so in the past, have done a terrific job.”

“It has given me a look at some of the less-established players and that has been very good for me as I don’t take too much notice of the results in pre-season games.”

There’s no doubt we have some really good youngsters coming through the ranks who don’t seem to be fazed at all when introduced into big games. A new youngster to show through to us was Darren Lough who played well at left back. But of course Sam’s job is to build up our first team squad right now – so he can show immediate results in the premiership. 

Sam had also mentioned earlier in the week that Michael could be available for England’s friendly against Germany on August 22. Although Owen will miss the start of Newcastle’s season this Saturday Allardyce had said:

“Perhaps he won’t be ruled out of the England friendly, which could be a good thing for us.””He will be back in training this week and by the end of next week he could play a reserve game, get involved in a game with us and then get another game with England under his belt.”

“It [the Germany game] could be a good thing for us if he is fit by the end of next week, plays a reserve game and gets involved in a game with us and then gets another game for England under his belt.”

“It would be better doing it that way if it helps, so an extra game for him is all we need.”

That’s all very good but we’re getting a little tired of Michael playing for England but not being available for Newcastle. Yes, we know it’s not Michael’s fault, but he still needs to get in at least 30 games for the club this season 0 so Newcastle can start recieving some value from the huge transfer fee and massive wages we are paying him.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Shaun

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Another Dyer, should of sold him when we had the chance

  • PM

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    shaun agree with you 100%. what a waste of money just 14 games in 2 seasons and again the man is injured!!! hes our record signing and this is what we get!!! souness was a complete and utter waste of space

  • Chappa

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    aye..a agree with you lads 100%.what a complete waste ov time micky owen was! shaun is right we should ov sold him wen we had the chance! and big sam would of made that money count! i say sell him in january!! sort it out sam!

  • Tez

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    You won’t be saying that if after a couple of weeks he is scores goals as he does best. With Sam’s new fitness regime hopefully we can keep him fit, if we do then I can’t see many still saying sell him in Jan.

    Owen = Goals

  • Chappa

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    owen= problems! (injury’s)
    to persistant

  • Stami

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Tez… you are right on the money there. Owen = GOALS!!! he will have silenced his critics come the end of the season.

  • Stami

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #7

    you dont just sell a player like Owen just because he has been injured in the past(under poor management)
    lets give him his chance before we all start bad mouthing him

  • Tez

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Owen is our finisher (goal scorer)
    Martins is our speed demon (lethal shot power)
    Viduka is our tall striker (holds up the ball and good feet for a big lad)
    Smith is our 110% man up for a battle (can also drop deep- great link up play)
    Big Shola is our back-up, can be our replacement viduka if he gets injured.

    we have a wide range of talents there – but my point is Owen is the Natural Finisher in our squad…

  • Rich

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #9

    ye and u cant blame sounness for bringing owen to the toon! we aere all delighted at the time hes a world class striker, its been unfortunate what has happened!end of season hel be firing goals in though im sure if he gets a game!

  • Stami

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    if Martins can find the form he had towards the end of last season, he could end up our top scorer!

  • Magpie Neil

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #11

    He doesnt offer as much as Martins on the pitch and cant be used in as many positions. He also isnt as physical or as fast as Martins.

    Hes our 3rd striker lets face it. As we have to play little and large upfront and Viduka should be starting a lot of games for us as the big target man.

    Also it will take Owen ages to get back to 100% fitness nevermind hit goal scoring form!

    We will be lucky if he has scored more than 5 goals by January.

    Get him sold his heart isnt at this football club!

  • apan

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    well at least we get 10m quid compensation from the FA, haha yup agreed but at least he stil needs to repay us for the 16m we spend for him, at least he got the guts to stay another season, i wil only respect him if he signs a new deal without the clause though, why we always get injury prone players i wonder?

    p/s: agreed that ALMOST ALL GRAEME SOUNESS signigs are shite, but big sam can shine them back im sure

  • Tez

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #13

    For all the people who are doubting Owen, if Sam sold him for £9.5mil – who would you buy to replace him?

    Remember its easy to say Sell him but no one of the big teams wanted him – he had a clause in his contract so its not as if we could stop it. No one bought him he is still a newcastle player – give him some support and he will repay us with goals!!

  • Alex

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #14

    At least we can bring him back slowly but surely.With such an array of foward talent as we now have we can be patient ,then we will have a fully fit Owen.

  • Stami

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #15

    alex i agree with you! we have the players to spare Owen at the moment till he is match fit! i would much rather see him on top form after a proper rest, than have him hurried back into the squad, just to see him get injured again

  • Magpie Neil

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #16

    The wages he is on he is costing us millions of pounds per year for little to no return.

    Having a player on stupid money who never plays or even fully commits himself to the club only then pushes up the contract demands of the form players at the club.

    Look at the Martins situation now, its fair enough for him to say he wants the same as Michael as he has contributed a lot more.

    We need to get these high wage earning flops like Dyer and Owen out of this club, they are making us look foolish.

  • Dave

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Shaun, PM, Chappa.

    I can’t beleive you’re equating Own to being another Dyer. He’s nothing like. He’s having a bad time with injuries that has developed as a result of one very serious injury and a couple of seasons of bad management on the training/sprots science front.

    Unlike Dyer when Owen comes back he fights. He desparately tries to give the club everything we have invested in him. Unlike Dyer he is the consumate professional. A genuine sports personality both on and off the field.

    Unlike Dyer, Owen can become a talisman for the club.

    I accept that this depends on him being fit and staying but I ask you, where is he best placed to get fit, stay fit and hit form tother than at NUFC under BSA?

  • Dave

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18

    That applies to you Magpie Neil too 🙂

  • Soren

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #19

    I would have to agree with all you guys saying, that Owen will be great when he comes back. He is undoubtly one of the greatest strikers in the world, but unfortunately has a injury record that is not so good.

  • Magpie Neil

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #20

    He would be a great tailisman if he committed to the club in the media, which he only did when it became apparent none of the big english sides would take a risk on him (or break their wage structures for someone who is never fit)

    Another bad Shepherd signing which was made to sell shirts and divert attention from a depleted squad.

  • shaun D

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #21

    Appears we have another shaun so I’ve changed to ‘shaun D’ – Tez – completely agree Owen is one of the top finishers around and when he’s fit will score goals against all levels of opposition – oppostion which when you get a chance you need to take it.

  • ToonKing

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #22

    @ Dave: 100% agree!!! Well sad m8 🙂

    @ Magpie Neil: U say Owen is not as physical or fast as Martins —agree, but while Martins needs 7-8 chances to score a goal Owen will score one with 2-3 chances max, he’s a clinical finisher and once his fit he will get goals.
    Remember that although he only had 14 caps for the Toon he did score 7 goals !!

  • evil dick

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #23

    Owen had horrible injuries and I don’t think you can say his hearts not in it because he’s injured. If BS gets him 100% he’ll bag loads of goals this season.

    Owen and Martins competing for a starting place is not bad!

  • Alex

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #24

    Dave–I agree totally.How anybody can compare Owen withDyer is unbelievable.Through injuries Owen has not been able to play.Dyer on the other hand just does not want to give 100%.Owen will recover because he wants too. Also we have never heard from Owen himself that he wanted to leave!

  • evil dick

    Aug 8, 2007 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Owen shouldn’t have to come out and say anything either, why should he? Why should he have to answer to the tabloids?

    We offered him a contract and he’s here playing for us. Get behind him man!

  • Magpie Neil

    Aug 8, 2007 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Sometimes by saying nothing you say it all.

    He didnt have a get out clause put in his contract for no reason.

    Hope you guys prove me wrong.

    Enough said on the matter.

  • rich

    Aug 8, 2007 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #27

    you cant compare owen to Dyer thats a whole heap of pants right there.

    When Owen is fit he scores goals…. look at his return for the 14 games hes played for us (13 starts, 1 sub – 7 goals) compare that to dyers record.

    Owen is a legend, and he needs our faith and when hes fit you will all be saying ‘thank god we didnt sell him’

    some people are just a tad fickle.

  • ashingtongeordie

    Aug 8, 2007 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #28

    how can people criticize Michael, it’s not his fault he is injured. He is our main striker and every1 knows when he’s fit he’ll be banging in the goals. I know it’s frustrating for every1 but to say he is like dyer is a joke Michael when fit will show every1 why he is our record signing. On this whole Owen/Martins thing, Owen is the better player he doesn’t need 10 chances to score a goal and he also doesn’t lose the ball as much as Martins, while i am not saying Martins is a poor player (far from it), Owen is a better finisher and also has a better footballing brain, Martins is still young and has a lot to learn especially about english football.

  • Dave

    Aug 8, 2007 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Magpie Neil: So do I! Only time, and a whole load of NUFC saga will tell. It’s never dull is it (except the game against Hull, that was the definition of dull)?

    I think we’re going to have a cracker of a season on so many fronts that we’re not quite used to. A defense! 6 strikers! A gutsy midfield! A management TEAM! A top draw manager! Professional ownership! Whole new club ethic! the possibility of the unmentionable at the end of it! (starts in ‘S’ and ends in ‘ware’) 🙂

  • Lull , Malaysia

    Aug 8, 2007 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #30

    It sad to see that Owen is always injured, hope he can work his ass off to be fully fit and gain the match fitness he direly need. Hope he knows how much the Geordies Faithful expect from him, a Toon Hero. To compare Owen with Kieron “soon-to-be-whack-again-by-Bowyer” Dyer is totally absurd. Owen broke his metatarsal not like he’s hurt his stomach by eating too much sushi like Dyer.

  • Hadji

    Aug 8, 2007 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #31

    As much as i hate to say it but i will say that Owen will be getting more and more injured.When he injured last time everybody thought that he’ll be fit by the time they face Juventus but he proved us wrong.The best thing is to wait untill he becomes fit again,BUT if something similar happens to him again that means he’s FINISHED.In that case they really need to do something about it.I would understand if he was some kind of a back up striker like Solskaer in Man Utd and wait for long time untill he’s fit,but he’s our starter.In that case just sell him and get a better one cause believe me no one can be in his best shape after so many injuries.They could get around 10 mil pounds for him at least,add 5 more you could get someone like Luis Fabiano from Sevilla who is much better than Owen and he’s never injured.But lets give Owen one more chance.Good luck Owen.

  • Yaphet

    Aug 8, 2007 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #32

    People the POOL knew what they were doing when they dumped him on Real and now we are stuck paying his ridiculous wages, how would you feel if the highest paid employee at your job is never on the job. To me its simple cut him and move on and for those of you out there worried about who to replace him with just look at current strikers. He presents a serious problem in my eyes when ever he is fit he is going to expect to play regardless of how the team is doing. and to me that is disruptive to team unity and when you start dropping players that are performing for the big name guys that live on reputation you end up with the team losing faith in the manager i.e the rodent.

    I just hope he is not automatic when ever he is fit then I would have the utmost respect for big Sam. You play the guys who are winning for you and performing.

    PS I would go for a Martins/Smith pairing up front anyday over an Owen/Vid

  • ToonKing

    Aug 9, 2007 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #33

    Yaphet, i’m sorry but you are taling bull.

    Smith/Martins over Viduka/Owen ?????!!!!!!!
    Smith is one of my favourite players and i like Martins very much too, but those guys would need 20 chances to score 2 goals while Viduka and Owen would score 2 with 3-5 chances. Owen if fit is an automatic starter, he guarentees goals.
    He played 14 games and scored 7 goals!! fit or no fit not many strikers reach that ratio. even if he starts 10 games and scores 5 that could mean an awful lot, and if his fit i would put my money on him to be top scorer!!


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