Michael Owen has had bad luck since he moved to Newcastle.
That’s probably a huge understatement. He has also been involved in lots and lots of media-talk about him leaving Newcastle and that’s also probably a huge under-statement.
Michael gave a great interview with the News of the World today and he comes across as not only very dedicated to Newcastle but also a very sensible young lad.
Michael Owen – dedicated to Newcastle but why do few people believe him?
We think everybody needs to lay off Michael and give the lad a chance and there’s no doubt in our minds he’ll come through big time for Newcastle. It’s unfortunate Michael’s been so great since he was 18 years-old and this is the type of publicity he has had â€“ and has got used to. But most of it is pure nonsense and on the negative side.
Let’s take a look at what Michael had to say today â€“ it’s all very sensible and down to earth.
“I’ve only been at Newcastle two years and the speculation’s been unbelievable. At the end of every season, people were asking ‘Is Michael Owen going to stay or not?’â€
“I live up there and and my kids have been to school up there for two years. There is this perception that I divide my life between living in the north west and Newcastle.â€
“Well, I’m up there Monday through until Saturday. If we get a Sunday off, I’ll sometimes fly out after the game and spend the day with my parents and family.â€
“Then I’ll fly back up on Monday and spend the rest of the week there. Even my team-mates say ‘Are you up here today?’ and I say ‘Yes, like I am every day’.â€
“Since I’ve been at Newcastle, people have been thinking I’ll leave. A lot think there’s an agenda but there’s not.â€
“There was a release clause in my contract that no one was supposed to be privy to but if people go and mention that I can’t help it.”
Despite being only 27, and having already had 9 years in big time football, Owen admits he is planning for his retirement by opening his own stables in Cheshire.
“You get older, you go a bit grey and get a bit slower. Once we start getting closer to 30 and into our early thirties, we are not supermen.â€
“We are normal people. It happened to Alan Shearer and it will happen to me.â€
“But I’m only 27 and still in my prime. I feel quick and strong. I probably have had to modify my game. When I was a whipper-snapper I was sprinting down the channels, beating hundreds of players and crossing balls in.â€
“I was creating as many as I was scoring when I was a kid. Obviously, I’ve had to adapt my game because I’ve lost a yard of pace from all those hamstring injuries.â€
“When I was 17-18, I was a greyhound and it would be hard to get as quick as that again. I play more in the penalty box than I used to but I know where the ball’s going to drop better than most.”
The acquisition of a very good striker force at Newcastle probably takes a lot of pressure off Michael, because he will not be expected to be the only one to score goals. But it is time for Newcastle fans to embrace Michael. He’s never ever said one bad thing about the club or the Newcastle area – in fact only good things.
Not many players have had the bad luck Michael has had in the last two years. We hope he does very well this year for Newcastle United – he certainly deserves to.