SAM Allardyce has been talking to Newcastle World TV about the return of Michael Owen to the Newcastle squad.
Because Michael is not yet fully match-fit Sam thinks it would be good for Michael to be in the England squad for the upcoming games since it will help him to get match fit for Newcastle United.
Michael’s undoubtedly England’s best striker but is he the tops at Newcastle?
We’ll hear first what Sam has to say about Michael’s match fitness and then ponder that question.
Michael Owen - still trying to get match fit
England have a friendly against Germany at Wembley next Wednesday before a Euro 2008 qualifying double-header against Israel and Russia in early September – and Steve McClaren is scheduled to announce the squad tomorrow and both Owen and Dyer are expected to be in the squad.
Sam told Newcastle World TV.
“Of course it’s a boost to have a player of Michael’s caliber returning, but we’ll have to concentrate on his match fitness before we judge how quickly he can come back in to the first-team,”
“We’ll see if we can involve him on Saturday against Aston Villa, but after that game there is England and hopefully that will be a good thing as it can help him with his match practice.â€
“There are a couple of Newcastle games (Middlesbrough and Wigan) after the Germany match and then of course the two big England games which again could be good for Michael.â€
“It’s a busy few weeks for our international players, but my job is about getting results for Newcastle United and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed there are no injuries.”
We were surprised with all the news about Michael after he came through the reserve team game against Newcastle Blue Star on Monday night. The news was all about him being available for England and how important that was for England. Michael also came through another 60 minutes yesterday in a pre-arranged friendly against Gretna which Newcastle won 3-1.
Michael is undoubtedly the best English striker but we wonder if he’s the best Newcastle striker right now? While Michael has still not played many games for Newcastle during the last two seasons, Oba Martins is looking better and more deadly with each game. We’re sure there’s going to be mounting competition between the two of them and that can only be good for the club. But Oba right now is both the man in form and the man is possession of the shirt – as the small striker up front.
And to think there was a possibility that both of them could have left in the summer. There’s no doubt things are starting to look up at Newcastle. Top four this season? – whoops – getting carried away again