Sam Allardyce talked to the www.nufc.co.uk site yesterday about the goalscoring form of Michael Owen and rightly says that his form is not only good for England but also good for Newcastle.
What Michael has needed is more games to get back to his very best and that’s exactly what he’s been getting in the last few weeks. With the many games he has now played Michael is looking very sharp again in front of goal.
Three goals in his last 3 games isn’t too bad. The only worry for Sam of course in in case Michael suffers any injuries.
Sam Allardyce – great to see Michael Owen scoring again
This is what Sam Allardyce said yesterday:
“It is great for England but it is also great for Newcastle United too,” “It is so great to see Michael doing what he is so good at, which is scoring goals fluently.â€“His effort against Israel was very clever and such a fine finish from outside the box.â€ “He is looking comfortable and recovering well from his problems.â€
“That is another 90 minutes under his belt too, and that can only be good for him and us.â€
“Now we want to keep him fit, and that is on your mind with another high-profile game against Russia on Wednesday coming up – but hopefully Michael will come through it again like he did on Saturday.”
What’s been interesting in the last few months is just how much England rely on Owen to get crucial goals and with him out there was nobody who could really replace him. But with the Newcastle squad looking very solid, especially in defense, the fact that Michael is getting back to looking like the player Newcastle were willing to pay â‚¤17M for two years ago, is just more good news for the fans.
Allardyce has 12 of his players away on international duty this week, and while that’s a sign of how good our squad is, it’s also a worrying time for Big Sam is case any of the players get injured. There’s not too much Sam can do on the training ground until the players return from international duty Thursday and Friday this week. It’s good that our game with Derby County is not until next Monday. That gives Sam a little time to prepare the squad for what’s going to be an important game in which we have a good chance of getting all 3 points at Pride Park. Indeed 3 points will be expected and anything less will be somewhat of a letdown, such is the anticipation of the Newcastle fans.
Sam went on:
“It is a difficult few days for me as manager with so many of our lads away on international duty,” “There are a few at the training ground, but you can’t worry too much about the ones that are away because it is out of your hands.”
The main thing right now is for England to beat Russia tomorrow and Michael come through that game still fit. Then hopefully we’ll not have too many coming back to the north-east injured. 3 points at Derby County on Monday is starting to sound very nice.