Michael Owen Can Revitalize England and Newcastle

Michael Owen has been talking about his form after his great goal for England in their impressive 3-0 victory over Israel on Saturday. Another win against Russia on Wednesday will put England right back as favorites to qualify for Europe next year.

Certainly to fail to qualify will be a big embarrassment but let’s think positively and that will never happen.

Let’s take a look at what Michael said as he certainly seems to be regaining his form and confidence – which can only be good for his club, Newcastle as well as England.


Michael Owen – looking better with each game – good for England and Newcastle

Newcastle striker Michael Owen believes he can rediscover his best form after scoring for England in Saturday’s victory over Israel.

Owen said:

“In terms of picking up injuries, I’m no different to anyone else. Getting injured is part and parcel of football. I’ve been the luckiest man in the world in my career so far.”

“I’ve played 80 odd times for England at 27. I was probably due a bad one at some point but I’d like to think I’ve come back just as good as before what was a career-threatening injury.” “It is great to be back in the team and scoring again. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

“But it is not about me. It is about everyone. I think everyone knows what I am about and I’ve played many times for England and scored many goals.” “The most important thing is qualifying for Euro 2008.”

“I feel fine. I’ve played plenty of games already this season. I will play better at times, I will play worse – but at least I’m in a position now to have the option of playing well.”

As we’ve mentioned before we are starting to understand Michael the man more, and he doesn’t like to say too much but would rather get on with what he’s paid for – to play football and score goals. We’ll have to get used to him talking about England because he’s obviously very proud to play for his country – and of course we see nothing wrong with that.

From a Newcastle viewpoint we think if by Christmas Michael has rattled in a few goals for us then it may be time to have contract renewal talks with Owen. With the new regime of Mort, Ashley and Allardyce hopefully doing well by then it would be a good time to extend Michael’s time at Newcastle for a number of years. By then hopefully Michael will know he can help us on the road to a number of trophies in the future – and for England next summer.

We have a piece on Michael on our forum discussing whether Michael will ever be as good as he was – take a look and let’s have your comments on this – but certainly he’s starting to look good again.

Comments very welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 10, 2007 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, when does Owen’s contract expire?

  • Callum

    Sep 10, 2007 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #2

    I guess in 2 or 3 years time as he signed 2 summers ago already!

  • Callum

    Sep 10, 2007 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Oops forgot to say this – If it ends in 2 years time then we need to start negotiating a new contract for him by christmas and get it sorted by the summer else he can go in a years time for free

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 10, 2007 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Yep, if it’s a 4 year contract (and I think it is), we need to start looking at extending it late this year or off loading him.

    Just hope he stays injury free as he’s good for both Newcastle and England when he’s fired up!

  • dragoner

    Sep 10, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #5

    i personally think we should offload him next summer, i think Michael Owen is like Henry in the sense that once he is gone not only will we be able to bring a fresh face in up front, but the players we have already got will no longer be in his shadow and they will step up….plus i want Martins to be our Numero uno striker lol

  • Hadji

    Sep 10, 2007 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #6

    If he’s willing to sign a new contract which is gonna keep him 4 more years its fine by me,but if he doesn’t then offload him next summer like Dragoner said.I have three candidates to replace him(hope its unnecessary but you never know)
    1-Luis Fabiano(We need some Samba on SJP)
    2-Bojan Krkic(Rijkard prefers Dos Santos over him)
    3-Goran Pandev(Would be a fiersome force with Martins)
    As for Emre i have 3 candidates also(only the possible ones)
    1-Luka Modric(all round player)
    2-Pablo Ledesma(Midfielder with high sence of goalscoring)
    3-Kim Kallstrom(Good with both feet)
    I couldn’t choose between Krkic and Elmander but whoever we get we won’t regret.

  • dragoner

    Sep 10, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #7

    i dont think rijkard would let go of bojan considering him and dos santos play in different positions, Kallstrom has got everyone chasing him so thats a no no aswell i think, but Fabiano or Chevanton would be really good buys.

    hadji what do you think of Adriano? do think he would be good at Newcastle, i dont think he really has a place at inter with suazo and ibra there

    this site is real good, i practically live on it (im sure everyone can tell)

  • dragoner

    Sep 10, 2007 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #8

    just think how sexy that would be, look what our attacking options would be, Adriano & Martins = Inter strike force, Viduka & Smith = the best Leeds strike force…they could be our best striker partnerships in years

  • Ryan

    Sep 10, 2007 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Adriano while very good on his day is just too inconsistent and suffering from a real loss of confidence at the moment. I think if we finish in the european places(we better) Owen will sign on the dotted line. Now if BigSam could just figure out a way to incorporate both Owen and Martins into the same side.

  • Hadji

    Sep 10, 2007 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Dragoner…I know the qualities of Adriano when he was in Parma with Gilardino and Mutu,he was unstopable.His form went dramatically down cause of the lose of his father which he took it really bad.
    I think if Sam decides to buy him he should do it in January and sell Ameobi instead.
    But then its gonna be a real headache in the front line with who to choose to play.Two years ago Chelsea wanted him so badly that they were offering 100mill euros to get him.
    If he’s willing to come here and play his best and regular aswell,he could be the new Shearer in my view.
    But…What i don’t like about him is that he’s too predictable and you can always tell when he’s gonna fire the ball with his left cause it takes him forever to do that.
    Personally,i wouldn’t like him here IF Owen decides to stay but if Owen wants to leave(which i think he wont) then he’s more than welcome.
    Dragoner..what do you think of Elmander?

  • dragoner

    Sep 10, 2007 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #11

    – Hadji

    he is a good player but toulouse will want big time cash to let him go, he is like their star player, i swear sven was gonna try to get him at Man City when Bojinov got injured?? i agree with you about Adriano being predictable, he takes wayyy too long on the ball, if he did come to premiership there might be a chance that he would be jus like Baptista for Arsenal.

    Now Emre is going i really think we need to sign one young starlet midfielder, and one experienced midfielder. I feel Lucas Biglia and lucho gonzalez could work well together at the toon. what about you?

  • Hadji

    Sep 10, 2007 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Dragoner..Lucas Biglia must be a good prospect for being voted the best young player in the Belgian league last season.But he’s only 169 sentimeters tall which in Sam’s book its unacceptable cause we all know that he likes bigger players,and out of 36 games he only scored once but i don’t know about his assists record.
    Lucho is what we need for Emre but with him only Champions league will bring him to SJP cause he gets that all the time in Porto.
    Dragoner..For me Modric would be the best option while he’s still in Dinamo Zagreb cause he’s the only one left from the fantastic trio combined with Eduardo da Silva(Arsenal),Vedran Corluka(Man City) and i never ever saw him injured.Just go to YouTube and check him out.
    But one thing’s for sure,his club will ask minnimum 8 mill pounds,if it wasn’t for him Eduardo da Silva wouldn’t even score half of what he scored while he played in Croatia.
    Sam’s type of player is Tim Borowski from Bremen, he reminds me of Ballack.

  • dragoner

    Sep 10, 2007 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #13

    – Hadji

    Modric is good, i dont know much about Borowski, hopefully Barton can be our main creative midfielder until, January or Summer.

    Beye / Cacapa / Rozehnal / J.Enrique

    Milner / Geremi / Barton / N’Zogbia

    ???/??? ???/???

    Not a bad team how it is i suppose, maybe we wont need a big star but in fact a cover player

  • dragoner

    Sep 10, 2007 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #14

    i personally feel we should try martins and smith together, the toon should give smith a chance up front

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 10, 2007 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Id take Borowski over Modric any day of the week as a replacement for Emre.

    Would like any of those strikers Hadji listed tbf not my cup fo tea and after seeing them they wouldnt do well in the premiership. 1 brazilian is enough for our team tbh.

  • Hadji

    Sep 11, 2007 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #16

    Tom Toon…Just from curiosity,but how do you know that they wont suceed in the Premiership.
    Krkic-almost a copy of Owen but with more technique with the ball
    Pandev-A true magician with the ball,no wonder Wenger was after him constantly but he had no chance of signing him.
    Luis Fabiano-Pace,Dribble,Scores,Passer.When Barcelona was looking for strikers it was to choose between Eto’o and Fabiano,they only chose Eto’o cause he was holding EU passport.
    What Newcastle needs is more technical gifted players such as Rosicky,Fabregas,Hleb,Arteta,Lucho,Quaresma,Krkic,Ledesma,Ribery etc.
    These are all wizards with the ball and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to recognize a talent.
    Many of these players i’ve listed could have been Newcastle’s players today but we never even looked at them,thats why we’re lacking with creativity in the midfield especially now with Emre leaving.
    All of you maybe you don’t realize yet how bad this is if we lose Emre.
    But time will tell.


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