Michael Owen knows that he still has a lot to do to win over the Newcastle fans since in the two years he has spent on Tyneside he has played more for England than for his club.
But Michael is a sensible lad, whoâ€™s had far too much publicity already in his fairly young life, but that comes with the territory of being a world class striker.
Michael speaks some plain old common sense in his News of the World column today.
Michael Owen – scoring against Wigan – speaks some plain common sense today
Michael accepts he needs to win over Newcastle United fans after the controversy over all his England commitments. In his column for the News of the World, Owen wrote today:
“It’s a good job I am a fairly level-headed person or it would drive me mad.â€
“But I have been in the game long enough to know how things can just spiral out of control. While I was away with England last week, there were comments about release clauses in my contract, how I needed to prove myself at Newcastle and even my team-mate Joey Barton was dragged into the debate.â€
“He said he wanted to get fit again for Newcastle before considering a recall for England – and that was perceived as an attack on me.â€ “I will ignore all that for now and get on with my job.”
“I suppose I should be used to all this.â€ “It happened to me before when I was a Liverpool player.â€ “I broke into the England team and did well internationally almost before I had properly established myself at Anfield.â€Â Â â€œThe Reds fans didn’t like that because they thought I was only interested in my international career.â€
â€œBut I did manage to turn them around by scoring loads of goals in helping Liverpool to win an unprecedented cup treble in 2001.â€ â€œFor the first time the fans started chanting my name on a regular basis and I was referred to as ‘Liverpool’s Michael Owen’ rather than ‘the England striker Michael Owen’.â€
â€œI guess that is the way to win over public opinion at Newcastle as well.â€ â€œIf I can score the goals that will help them win a trophy or two, that will prove how much I am committed to the club.â€
Once Michael plays a string of games for the club the attitude of the fans will certainly change. Michael is a great player and even though he has had some bad publicity while on Tyneside itâ€™s hardly his fault heâ€™s been injured all the time.
He looks like heâ€™s fitter than ever right now and what everybody wants to see is a fit Michael Owen for the rest of the season. Sam and his staff have created a set of exercises for Michael to do each day for the rest of his playing career in the hope it will strengthen Michael so he can avoid further injury. If the club can keep Michael fit it will pay off big time, because thereâ€™s few better strikers that produce goals as regularly as Owen â€“ thatâ€™sâ€™ for sure.