Sam Allardyce revealed after the hard fought win against Everton today, that Michael Owen was itching to start for Newcastle.
Certainly Alan Shearer wanted to play in every game for Newcastle so itâ€™s not unusual that these top players want to play.
Michael Owen – got the job done today for his Newcastle Club
When Michael Owen and Emre were waiting to come on after 74 minutes this afternoon, we noticed Michael looked calm and confident. Perhaps he thought he could get the job done the job for Newcastle. He did that of course, with great help from Turkish delight Emre, who hit a beautiful left foot rocket for the vital second goal with just 4 minutes to go, after being set up by Michael.
But we think Sam played it perfectly today with the substitutes, and to his credit Michael did what is getting hard for him these days â€“ to please both Newcastle and England.
Hereâ€™s what Sam said after the game:
“Every player is disappointed when he’s not selected. But I have to be very protective – that’s why I didn’t start him. He’s got to be eased back into it.
“For me it’s about making sure that every game Newcastle United plays, he’s available to get selected.â€
“It’s been a terrific recovery from one of the best surgeons in the world. Michael had a repair of the stomach and abductor muscle last Friday and Saturday.â€
“At the end of the day, I’ve tried to what’s best for the football club and Michael. I will try to get a player, as always, to try to sustain his fitness for the team and if that means not starting him, or pulling him off with 20 minutes to go, then that’s an assessment that goes on.”
Owen will now report to the England camp on Tuesday and hopefully McClaren will ease him through the training this week â€“ even though he may start on Saturday. But with Owenâ€™s contribution to Newcastleâ€™s win plain for all to see â€“ both Newcastle fans and England fans will be happy tonight. Thereâ€™s no doubt Michael can score goals again for both Newcastle and England, and he deserves great credit for coming on and scoring for Newcatle after his operation in Germany a short week ago.
“I don’t know whether two games in such a short space of time are right, but it’s not my decision, though I will speak to Steve (McClaren) about that.”
Allardyce said that Alan Smith would report for England duty with “a slight knee problem. ” Smith got his 5th yellow card of the season so will not be available for selection for the next league game against Tottenham on 22nd October.