Newcastle United icon Alan Shearer, fresh from his hat trick in the Princes Trust Challenge Trophy at St. Jamesâ€™ Park yesterday, cannot understand why his friend Michael Owen has been criticized so much for wanting to get back playing and scoring goals for his club and country.
Michael underwent stomach surgery two weeks ago in Germany. He then worked like crazy the following week to get fit, and not only made Newcastleâ€™s game against Everton, but scored what turned out to be the winning goal after 90 minutes.
And what did Owen get for all of that – adverse criticism.
Newcastle great Alan Shearer and the famous salute – another goal scored
Shearer, who knows Owen well insists Michael is loving life on Tyneside with his wife Louise and children are very settled in the area.
Big Al told Newcastle World TV today:
“He’s very happy here – he’s come out and said it numerous times,” “He loves the area – his family’s here and his kids are at school.â€“He can’t control what’s been said, and he can’t come out every week. He’s happy, and he shouldn’t have to do that.â€
“He’s frustrated, but he’s a tough lad. He’ll handle it, and he’ll score goals.”
Owen has another important game to play on Wednesday in Englandâ€™s crucial game in Moscow after coming through 70 minutes of Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Estonia at Wembley.
“I don’t understand how it’s such a crime to first of all get back to playing for Newcastle,”
“I know Sam said he was fit to start the game (against Everton), and Michael said he was fit to start the game. He came on and scored, and did very well.â€
“He wants to play for England, and I don’t see the crime in that.â€ “I don’t understand where the criticism’s coming from.”
It’s important that Newcastle fans realize that Michael likes it at Newcastle and that he’s gone through a difficult period so far, through no fault of his own. But we think Michael’s heart is in the right place, and he’s really anxious to do well at Newcastle. Michael doesn’t usually say too much and let’s his football do the talking. But 10 goals in 21 games without even being able to have a lengthy run in the squad is really an excellent return.What’s missing is the number of games – and he just needs more of these and the goals will come. What’s that saying again – patience is a virtue.
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