Michael Owen Ready To Start Firing Again

It’s taking a little while for Michael Owen to rediscover his sharpness after almost two years in the football wilderness.

His two serious injuries, the metatarsal and ACL knee problems, have  restricted him to just a few first class-games for Newcastle United since he signed almost exactly two years ago.

Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has been talking to Paul Gilder of the Newcastle Journal – so we’ll take a look at what he says about Michael.


Michael Owen – everybody hoping he can make the breakthrough with goals

Sam Allardyce said:

“There are no doubts in my mind,” “I don’t think Michael has anything to prove to anyone in regard to what a good player he is. I’m certain that, should he manage to avoid injuries, he will start to improve and the goals and the confidence will start to come back.”

“I was disappointed, as he was, that he didn’t win the game at Boro. He sneaked in and got the chance and he was disappointed not to put in the net.”

That chance was after 82 minutes when a cross in from the left found Michael unmarked, with his back to the goal on the six yard line. He tried to help the ball on with his foot and it looked like any touch would have sent the ball passed Schwarzer, but Michael failed to make contact. On another day it would have been a good opportunist goal for Michael. We’ll have to be patient a little until Michael finds his touch again.

Sam went on:

“But as long as he’s still getting into the right positions – which he is – I’m sure that it will come.”

“He got in there and made the chance to score a goal, he just couldn’t quite take it, but he hasn’t lost that instinct and it’s just about putting the ball in the net as soon as he can and moving on from there.”

It’s now almost two years to the day since Michael signed for Newcastle and who will ever forget the 25,000 that turned up just to see Michael at St. James’ Park. It was news shown around the world and reflected so well on the Newcastle supporters. Owen’s start tonight against Barnsley will be only his 14th in a Newcastle shirt. We are all hoping that Owen’s injury troubles are over , and certainly Big Sam’s fitness and training methods should help him.

Sam went on:

“We all hope and keep our fingers crossed that we’ve seen the last of his problems,”

“What Michael wants to do is stay fit and play games and enjoy his football again for as long as he possibly can, both with Newcastle United and with England, and try to help us be successful and try to get to a position where, when we select him on a week-to-week basis, he produces the goals we know he can.”

“If we do that, then we are going to be a very, very good side throughout this year in the Premier League.”

“Michael’s a very quiet man and a very determined man who commits himself to his rehabilitation to get fit as quickly as he possibly can. Now he can extend that into his rehabilitation work on a regular basis, which he will do to make sure he stays fit and rekindle his obvious talent for scoring goals and playing football.”

“You have got a much happier player when that happens, when he will hopefully put all fears behind him in the next few weeks, because in his mind, there will always be the doubt of ‘Am I going to get injured again?’.”

“The longer he goes without an injury, the more confidence he will get.”

Well it would be a good time tonight for Michael to break through and score a goal. We have not lost confidence in him at all, and as Sam says he has shown the guts and determination in the past to come through and we fully expect Michael to start firing on all cylinders again.

Owen will be back with goals, we’re certain of that – just maybe tonight.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 29, 2007 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #1

    It makes me so proud that we have a genuine England legend-in-the-making playing for the toon.

    I’m sure we weren’t his first choice club, but since he’s been here he’s done nothing to suggest he’s not fully committed to doing his utmost for the team and the fans.

    The lad has been extremely unlucky with injuries. Once he gets a good run in the team he will be banging goals in left, right and centre, and all the Geordies will be singing his praises again, and all the nonsensical talk of The Duke and Martins being our first choice strikeforce will be put to bed.

    Here’s hoping you get off the mark tonight Mickey O – you deserve it.

  • george t

    Aug 29, 2007 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Tonight we will see the real Michael Owen hit the comeback trail……90 mins and a goal and i reckon everyone will be happy. On a sadder note it was terrible to see our ex K.D. break his leg last evening and i for one hope he has a speedy recovery even though he has moved on.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 29, 2007 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Great to see him back playing again as he’s needed by both Newcastle and England. Let’s hope the injury jinx has gone forever as it’s time he started playing for Newcastle on a regular basis.

    The 2 chances Owen had for England plus the 1 against Boro show he’s a natural preditor as he got himself into those goal scoring positions while others watched-on. We’re confident Owen’s natural goal scoring will return but it may take time……

  • Jerry

    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Personally, I would be happy to see the back of Michael Owen. The disloyalty and the lack of gratitude he’s shown to NUFC is quite incredible. And to add insult to injury, he comes out and tells how much he loves NUFC only when it was crystal clear that none of the Big 4 want him. If he is that good how come none of Chelsea, Man U, Liverpool and Arsenal have come in for him? – even at a basement price of £9m?

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Liverpool 216 apps 118 goals
    Real Madrid 34 apps 13 goals
    Newcastle 16 apps 7 goals
    England 83 apps 37 goals


    Michael Owen is not a great talker. He has always done his talking on the pitch. If some talentless hack wants to try and sell more papers by writing a load of drivel about MO during a close season where there’s no big tournament to keep everyone interested, then that is his business – not Micheal Owen’s.

    He’s our player – he’s here to stay (for this season at least) – now will everyone PLEASE get behind the lad!

  • george t

    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    JERRY…. spell out in black and white the instances of disloyalty or lack of gratitude by OWEN…as i recall all the nonsence was written by the gutter press and Michael kept quiet preferring instead to do his talking on the field. Maybe now he will have that chance.

  • Jerry

    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    I will give you just these instances.

    If he was that loyal to the cause, why would he INSIST on a £9m release clause in his contract before he signed for NUFC? Which incidentally and by strange coincidence is the same price Liverpool were prepared to pay for him.

    Its a nonsense to say he wants to do his talking on the pitch. If he is such a quiet man why come out belatedly and profess love for NUFC only when the deadline on his transfer release clause had run out? Isnt that talking off the pitch?

    Why didnt he profess his love and commitment to Newcastle during the summer when his get out clause was still active, or even when Big Sam took the time out to talk to him when he was with the England camp?

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Jerry – you have to be realistic. Of course NUFC wasn’t MO’s first choice. Unless you were actually born and bred in Tyneside I doubt whether NUFC would be any world class footballers dream move. We haven’t exactly had much to offer in the way of European football, Cup final appearances or general stability over the last few seasons. We got MO because we were the only club willing and able to stump up Madrid’s asking price. I’m not sure who insisted on the release clause (probably an agent though) but we, the club agreed to it all the same.
    Martin’s has a similar clause in his contract and has been subject to similar fictional blatherings from the unimaginative British press, but no one seems to be questioning Oba’s commitment.
    I would suggest the reason he (MO) has been quoted in the press recently is because he is now fit and being selected for the squad and is therefore contractually obliged to attend press conferences – something he wouldn’t have been asked to do while he was a full-time resident of the treatment room.

  • Jerry

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Toon Chicken – Owen has to be measured against a different yard stick than we would any other footballer who plays for NUFC. Why?

    Owen was stuck in Madrid’s reserves with no prospect of any meaningful club seriously wanting to sign him. The Big 4 in England were not interested, Barcelona werent keen, not mention the Italian giants. Add to this the fact that his situation at the time was even dire! the World Cup was fast approaching and he needed a meaningful club to ply his trade so he could feature in the world cup, or at least meaningfully.

    Make no mistake – NUFC came Michael Owen’s rescue when we bought him from Madrid!

    He said it himself that if NUFC wasnt in the race for him he would have headed for Wigan!

    NUFC gave him a bumper contract, promise of first team action, and the adulation of its fans. He then gets injured. During his rehabilitation NUFC takes care of him and continues to pay him for 2 years till he finally becomes fit to play!

    Are you seriously telling me in these circumstances Owen should not show ultra loyalty to NUFC? Damn right he should! and without hesitation too!

  • Darren

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m with you on this one Jerry, I’ve had this argument many times before.

    What people don’t realise though is that even if I do feel this way, I still back Owen 100% while he is wearing our shirt. Many Newcastle fans I know feel like this, he does owe us without doubt and his summer silence made matters worse. He does want to play at a higher level, that is obvious, and the only way he will get that wish is by playing and scoring goals for us. If he has a great season then leaves next summer fair enough, hopefully his goals will have helped us achieve some success this season.

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #11

    No I don’t think MO has any obligation to say anything about how well the club have looked after him whilst he was injured – no other player does. Nor do I think he should have to pass comment on spurious press reports.
    These stories exist for one reason and one reason only. Freddie Shepherd. He negotiated the contract. Now he has gone, the get-out clause has expired, and Michael Owen is still here. Brilliant!
    I’m not looking for appreciation, excuses or promises from Michael Owen… just goals. As far as I’m concerned nothing else matters.

  • Darren

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #12

    I wouldn’t normally expect a player to have to respond to press speculation but when the speculation is being started by your own agents who are hawking you around clubs, telling all & sundry how much your buy out clause is, it is out of order.

    Had he been playing successfully for two seasons then fair enough, but when he has played only 12 or so games in two years I think we deserve a bit better.

  • Voice from the tap room

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Michael Owen to start firing againg. Who wrote that headline. Was it our loveable Ed Harrison or was it Mrs Owen.
    Lets face it he has certainly not been capable of climbing above a defender!
    So apart from us faithful there is someone else wants him to start scoring again.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Aug 29, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #14

    hopefully its a owen first goal n 2-0 thats wot my 20 quids going on any way

  • Hadji

    Aug 29, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #15

    You’re right Jerry and i’m with you 100%.To score goals for your club you have to love your club first.Newcastle fans deserve much more than a homesick player like Owen.

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #16

    big pea ov the web

    Nice1 mate. Good call that – enjoy your winnings and don’t forget to raise your glass to Michael Owen.

    What odds? About 12/1?


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