Shearer – The Old Michael Owen Is Back

Alan Shearer knows Michael Owen very well, having played alongside Michael when Owen first hit the international stage during the 1998 World Cup in France.

Alan had said during the summer that he didn’t think Michael wanted to leave Newcastle but then Shearer added he didn’t think anybody would come in for Owen because he hadn’t proved he was the same player as before his cruciate ligament injury.

Well, Michael has proved that now and both Shearer and Sam Allardyce are delighted to still have Michael at Newcastle.


Alan Shearer – big fan of Michael Owen

This is what Alan Shearer told BBC news today:

“I know Sam was delighted no one came in for him, all the fans were delighted and I know Michael did not want to leave Newcastle,”

“He wanted to prove a point. He hasn’t played as many games as he would have liked to up there, he hasn’t scored as many goals as he wants to, so I think he wants to stay and do that for Newcastle United.”

Before Michael came back from his injury this season he had played 13 games for Newcastle and scored 7 goals in the previous two seasons of his 4 year contract. It’s really been two years wasted for both Michael and Newcastle but there’s no time like the present, and Michael seems to want to make up for lost time. Shearer, who looked the perfect foil to Michael Owen when they played together for a few games with Newcastle in 2005 and England way before that, added:

“I have worked at close quarters with Michael, so I know how good he is. He doesn’t have to prove anything to himself or to me or to anyone, really. It makes me laugh when people say he’s not the same player because of his injury, he’s lost two or three yards.”

“He still comes back despite his injuries and scores goals, and if he is not the best, then he is one of the best around at doing that. If you create chances for him, more often than not, as his record suggests wherever he has played, he will score goals.”

“It does take time for you to get back to match pace, and when you have been out for a while with a serious injury, what tends to happen is for the first two or three games, it goes well for you because the excitement is there of getting back to playing football. But then after that, reality sets in and that’s when you have got to work to try to get to where you want to be.”

“Over the last couple of weeks, he has slowly but surely been getting better, and the chances he has scored for England over the last 10 days or so have been typical Michael Owen.”

We also know that the release clause of ₤9M in Michael’s contract cannot be activated before next summer and then only if Newcastle don’t qualify for Europe. Well, we think we can qualify for Europe next season, and hope that before next summer Michael will have signed up with us for the next 5 years so he can finish out his career at Newcastle. That would be great for both sides.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Willowtoon

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    We keep having this paranoier that MO will leave to join one of the big four. Well our aim and now set up is to become one of the big four and he can see that. He has already stated he will never play abroad again. We have the best fitness backroom staff set up and he knows any team winning silverware will get cult status for life on tyneside. Also Big Sam wants to prove he is as good as Fergy etc so wil not settle until we win the prem.

    I firmly believe he is here for good. – And I am so so glad……….

  • George

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    When you look at the goals Michael Owen has scored of late, and in particular his second against Russia, those were the goals of a striker in form. His body language when he scored his second on wednesday was lovely to watch, so relaxed. Remeber when he came to SJP with Liverpool and looked relaxed, yeah, he always crucified us, and that is how he is looking now. How much of this can you contribute to the new setup at SJP, i think a great deal. We have medical expertise that we have never had before, we have sports science, etc. But to me the most important thing is happiness and confidence. MO sems to be happier at NUFC now, and why is that. Could it be that all the deadwood and liabilities are now gone and the place is full of players who want to win and win as a team. You can not fail to see the way the players get on with each other now. They help each other, support one another, there is team spirit and that is down to SA. Welcome back MO you have been worth the wait.

  • Mart

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Hat trick tonight please !

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 17, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    A lot of people seem to think he’ll be rested tonight, but I think that’s madness. He must be chomping at the bit to get out there and score more goals after such a long lay off.

  • malaysian youngster

    Sep 17, 2007 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #5

    please let michael owen start. i made him as captain in fantasy football.

  • ToonPipes

    Sep 17, 2007 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Thing is Toon Chicken .. he probably is chomping at the bit .. but is he chomping too hard … dont want him breaking his other knee with the excitement or over-enthusiastic tackles …… I’m in same position as malaysian youngster .. hes my captain in my dream team so i am hoping he starts PLUS i like watchin him so hope hes on Setanta tonight .. BUT i think Martins and Ameobi may well start … what you reckon ?

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 17, 2007 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #7

    I hope for the love of Shearer he doesn’t start with Ameobi Wan Kenobi tonight.

    With 3 important games coming up in the next 7 days I can see the sense in resting Owen, especially as out of those 3 games tonight is arguably the easiest fixture.

    I hope and I reckon Sam will stick with Owen for at least 60 minutes tonight. Not least because I’ve got a cheeky fiver on him bagging the first goal.

    Haway the lads!

  • ToonPipes

    Sep 17, 2007 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Well Tookchicken you seem to have backtracked a little there .. so you can see the sense in resting him, and lets be honest, if ToonChicken can see sense in it, then i’d be bold enough to suggest BSA can do too ….. anyway we shall see … you make sure you bring enough cans for ToonPipes to have one and we’ll have a sing-a-long the neet, afterall thats the best thing about Shola playing isnt it .. ‘you put yr left leg in yr left leg out in out in out you shake it all about yo dee the Ameobi and ye turn around, thats what its all about’ ?? … i mean, tell us im wrong ..

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 17, 2007 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #9

    I said I can see the sense in it – as in there’s a method to that madness.

    But I still think he’d be mad to drop him on current form – there’s every chance Mickey O will bag another one tonight, especially against statistically the weakest defence in the Prem – 12 goals conceded in last 3 games! Come 10pm tonite this little chicken reckons it’ll be 15 in 4.

  • ToonPipes

    Sep 17, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Ok ToonChicken .. divent get aggy! .. yikes!, i mean did someone mention batteryhens or someat ? .. Well i reckon you probs about right in your prediction .. and if Mickey gets 2 of them 4 then i’ll be more than happy and probs above you in the fantasy football league n’all .. bellllllllltin

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 17, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #11

    15 – 12 = 3 toonpipes, not 4.

  • ToonPipes

    Sep 17, 2007 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Sos, so excited about the match all went a bit gobbledegook PLUS don’t really read your messages to thoroughly as usually its a load of farm yard feed .. I reckon it could be 4 in anycase .. nah ?


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