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 hasnâ€™t played as many games as he would have liked to up there, he hasnâ€™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 doesnâ€™t have to prove anything to himself or to me or to anyone, really. It makes me laugh when people say heâ€™s not the same player because of his injury, heâ€™s lost two or three yards.â€
“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.â€
“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 thatâ€™s when you have got to work to try to get to where you want to be.â€
“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 â‚¤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.