Milner Backs Owen for Newcastle Success

James Milner has spoken out in defense of Newcastle star Michael Owen, saying that Newcastle fans don’t fully appreciate the hard work Michael has been doing behind the scenes to get fit to play for Newcastle.

James points to Michael’s return on Sunday, after only 8 days following hernia surgery, as testament to Michael’s determination to do well at Newcastle.


James Milner – backing Michael Owen for success at Newcastle

This is what James told today:

“What has happened in recent weeks has been incredible,” “Michael was getting stick when he was coming back from his latest problem and I find that absolutely amazing. He’s a true professional and I’m sure the last setback was very disappointing for him. But he showed everyone how desperate he is to play by getting back to full fitness within the space of a week.”

“To have the operation he had and then be back playing eight days later is incredible. Everyone was surprised – apart from Michael himself. It just shows what great physical condition he must be in to be able to do that. If he wasn’t so fit, I’m sure he would have been out a lot longer. That all comes down to the hard work he did after he injured his knee (at the World Cup finals in 2006) but no one outside the club knows about that.”

“People just think, ‘Oh, Michael Owen’s injured’, they don’t see how hard he’s working to recover his fitness. People have seen him not playing football for 18 months – they don’t see the early mornings and the late nights that he had to put in. It was a long, lonely slog back for Michael but he did it and that’s great for us all. His track record speaks for itself and I don’t see how anyone can see Michael Owen as anything other than a great player.”

Owen’s goal against Everton was his 10th goal for the club in 21 appearances but as we all know that record has been spread over 26 months at the club. Not a good record of games, to say the very least. Not surprisingly Big Sam wants to get the most out of Owen, his most expensive player. One way to reduce injuries is to prevent him playing too many games in so short a time. That can be dangerous for getting new injuries and Big Sam is just doing what’s best for Michael and Newcastle – and that’s his job.

James went on:

“We’ve seen this season what Michael can bring to Newcastle and we’re fortunate to have someone with his qualities in our squad,” “We’ve got options up front as it is, but Michael Owen brings something different to anyone else in the Premier League. You could put him into anyone’s team, anywhere in the world and he would improve it.”

“It’s great to have him back and I hope he’ll continue the good form that he has been in.”

Allardyce is on tenterhooks that his star striker returns unscathed. Newcastle’s manager thinks Owen’s latest problems began during his England appearances last month and Allardyce is afraid the player might report back to Newcastle injured – again.

We’ll just have to wait and see, but an extended run by Michael in the side, and a good run of results for the club through the end of the year will raise spirits enormously, and this will then be all forgotten – hopefully.

Comments are always welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 10, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Oh God, I can already see camps starting to form. Please let this not be another Bowyer/Dyer issue albeit off field and via the press and (hopefully) without punches. Owen says one thing. Sam says another. Barton takes a stab, Milner backs Owen … geez. Let it go, please – for the sake of the team.

  • LiamBirchy8

    Oct 10, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    i think milner needs a rest, he is being used as the noly right midfielder in the team but he can’t start every game. Geremi should be used at right midfield due to the incoming emre and barton. Also we have to leave owen to england, there is no rift between Sam and owen its just media rubbish. If sam had a problem with owen then he would chose martins over owen but he doesn’t.

  • LiamBirchy8

    Oct 10, 2007 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #3


  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 10, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    The thing about all these quotes that get bandied around is that they never print the questions, or the line of questioning that’s being pursued.
    It’s not as if Joey Barton called a press conference to let the world know how he felt about the MO situation. He was probably asked something along the lines of, “will you be looking to get back into the England set up now you are approaching full fitness?” (a perfectly sensible and topical question) to which he replied something to the effect of, “no, I was bought to play for NUFC, I just want to concentrate on that for now and be successful with my new club” (a perfectly sensible answer and a response likely to get him on-side with the fans). It is however, easy to see how the media can take his comments out of context and pitch them as a dig at MO.
    So chill people. Joey B is obviously not the sharpest tool in the box, but I doubt even he is daft enough to start having a pop at one of our star players before he’s even kicked a competitive ball in anger for us.

  • iain

    Oct 10, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #5

    i think most of us have always seen the hardwork owen has done in getting fit for engl- sorry nufc.

    do people think we are stupid, how many times since coming back from an injury that has cost nufc millions for nothing has owen not gone gone straight off to play for england.

    answer 0, frst chance he gets hes playing for england.

    how many times has he got injured or made an injury worse playing for england after being inured for nufc. answer twice. theres a reason sam didnt think owen was injured before the last england game and that will be becuase owen wouldnt have told him to make sure he could play for england.

    no wonder sam is annoyed. owen is a self centered person who doesnt give a monkeys about club football as long as he play for england. even liverpool fans will tell you that, this is owen the player who is on record as saying benitez wasnt good enough for liverpool and his abitions, shortly after owen forces a move to madrid and liverpool win the champions league.

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 10, 2007 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Let’s not forget, Emre went off to play for Turkey recently in what seemed against the med staff’s recommendations.

  • col

    Oct 10, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #7

    i wonder how much we would get for owen now, not a lot i rekon. we should just concentrate on keeping him fit and playing for newcastle for as long as we can, get the most out of him, cos i dont think any of the big clubs are interested any more…apart from man city ( not a big club ).
    as for milner…he’s good, but not the sort of top drawer winger we should be going after in january…he does not have a lot of competition for his place.

  • Aussie geordie

    Oct 10, 2007 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Fact is boys if he is going to get injured he is going to get injured no point worrying about it. It’s not like we look at Dyers broken leg and go ‘oh it must be that bloody Curbishly fella and West Hams fault so why blame the whole England setup?

    What I would hope for is a little respect from Mclaren for his own players, especially against Estonia. He should not start and should only be brought on in the second half if no goals are scored. The best we can hope for is the opposite as Mclaren will start and only take him off once he is injured or goals are scored.

  • Dingo

    Oct 10, 2007 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #9
  • Dingo

    Oct 10, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #10
  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 10, 2007 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Gave me goosebumps that Dingo lad – until I saw Carl Cort, that kinda killed it for me.

  • Dingo

    Oct 10, 2007 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #12

    hahahaha 😛

  • hadrian

    Oct 10, 2007 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #13

    dont like the way our supporters are being painted .
    we appreciated the work micheal done the first time round getting himself fit , then he go’s and knackers himself for england without hardly any time on the pitch for the toon .
    now he’s back, again with hardly and full matches played for the toon , picked up an injury and again england is more important .
    were also told this week that the manager is wrong and he picked the injury up at the toon and he’s been playing thru pain all the while he’s been telling the press he feels great .

    im sorry but no player is worth all this drama , especially when they start to undermine the manager .

  • leo

    Oct 10, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #14

    totally agree with liam there

    everytime owen comes back from an injury, it seems to take less time when there is international duty coming up. look at the records they never lie.

  • Bill F

    Oct 10, 2007 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #15

    On a lighter note is Roza’s new bairn a Geordie was he born within the sound of the Gallowgate roar.

  • Bill F

    Oct 10, 2007 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Or she!

  • Hammy

    Oct 10, 2007 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Cheers Dingo!!!

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 10, 2007 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #18

    See there’s article on a ‘behind closed doors’ match this afternoon at St James for the lads who haven’t any international call ups – any news on this?

  • Bet BloggerA

    Oct 10, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #19

    It seems there is still a lot of unwarranted cynicism about Owen from Toon fans. Give the lad a break – he’s a fantastic professsional who has always, always scored goals when it matters at the very highest level and, for a centre-forward, you can’t ask for much more than that.

  • w2

    Oct 10, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Jeremy Menez – Mike Ashley buy this guy

  • jeeves wooster

    Oct 10, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Jeremy Menez – Splash the cash on this 20 year old Mike!

    Show us the money! Beat Man u and liv and Madrid for this kid!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 10, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #22

    i wish people would just be happy that owen is back! Of course he wants to play for England! what english footballer doesn’t! this is so pathetic i cant believe people are moaning about owen coming back so quickly its sort of pathetic and pretty ungrateful. we should all be happy that we have such a old class striker in our team and that we have a great squad now and that we have a great manager and that we have made a decent start to the season. The only thing we should be debating is which of our great squad will be starting each week. PULL YA SELVES 2GEVA BOYS!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 10, 2007 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #23

    that was meant to say world class striker

  • Mighty Mouse

    Oct 10, 2007 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #24

    Dingo thanks for sharing. Makes me wanna pack up, move to the Toon and me season tickets. The good times are a comin’

  • Dingo

    Oct 10, 2007 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #25

    no probs Mighty Mouse…more tomorrow.

  • hadrian

    Oct 10, 2007 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #26

    great vid dingo , that keegan team was sommit else wasnt it 🙁 , ginola’s goal in that video made me wanna cry .


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