Sam Allardyce has given another excellent interview this time to Sky Sports on the heroics of Michael Owen in the last couple of games but also the winners he scored for Newcastle against Barnsley and Wigan.
Sam rightly points out that it’s not just good for England but it’s great for Newcastle United as it gives everybody at the club a lift.
Sam Allardyce – blimey, I didn’t realize Michael was that good
This is what Sam had to say today:
“It was absolutely terrific. I suppose in many ways, they were not the sort of goals Michael regularly scores, but it was absolutely fantastic technique and wonderful execution with such poise and calmness.â€
“That’s the reason Michael is such a great goalscorer – he is at his calmest when he is actually putting the ball in the back of the net, where most players lose their composure. That’s why they are not goalscorers like Michael Owen.â€
“They were terrific goals. They have given us a boost as a club and given England two great results to push and hopefully qualify for Euro 2008.”
Michael Owen doesn’t just score goals that mean nothing â€“ he scored the goals that gave Newcastle 1-0 wins against both Barnsley in the Carling Cup and 3 points against Wigan in the league.
Sam will obviously be hoping for more of the same when he takes Newcastle to bottom placed Derby County on Monday night. But Sam seems to hint that he may not start Michael if he looks to be too fatigued after his England heroics.
“I just hope it continues from here on now. It’s been an absolutely fantastic couple of weeks for Michael and the England camp. It’s a terrific couple of wins.â€
“Michael scored against Barnsley in the cup, he scored against Wigan, he then scored against Israel and then scores two against Russia, which is probably one of the hardest teams in that group.â€
“To come back with that sort of confidence under his belt and no injury problems is a great, great boost for us all, particularly me, the rest of the players and everybody concerned with Newcastle United.â€
“I hope it continues on from here and he has recovered enough to continue where he has left off with England at Derby on Monday.”
Allardyce will look closely at Michael in training on Friday as he considers the selection of his team for Derby, obviously hoping to keep the team’s unbeaten streak going. One of the goals this season is keep our players as fit and injury free as possible, especially are match winners like Owen. Maybe Sam thinks he has enough firepower to win the game without needing to use Owen. It wouldn’t surprise us much if Sam starts Ameobi and martins for that game, holding Michael in reserve and see if he’s needed.
Allardyce went on:
“The last thing we would want now is Michael to pick up another injury through fatigue, but I hope that’s not the case.â€ “The excitement of just being free from injury and playing and scoring has got Michael’s adrenaline really pumped up.â€
“He feels he wants to get out there and feel like his old self again, and I am sure coming back today, that’s exactly how he feels.â€ “But he can still get better. He has still got a lot to do in terms of his rehabilitation.â€
“He has to be disciplined in the fact that things are going well now, but he still has to do his exercises on his own, he still has to keep up his rehab on his own over and above what we do on a day-to-day basis to make sure he stays stronger and fitter than he has ever been before.â€
“If that’s the case, he can continue to score goals, hopefully not just for England, but for Newcastle United.”
Well, we agree with that – comments very welcome.