Michael Owen Speaks Some Plain Common Sense

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, who’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.”

“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.”

“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.” “I will ignore all that for now and get on with my job.”

“I suppose I should be used to all this.” “It happened to me before when I was a Liverpool player.” “I broke into the England team and did well internationally almost before I had properly established myself at Anfield.”   “The Reds fans didn’t like that because they thought I was only interested in my international career.”

“But I did manage to turn them around by scoring loads of goals in helping Liverpool to win an unprecedented cup treble in 2001.” “For 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’.”

“I guess that is the way to win over public opinion at Newcastle as well.” “If 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.”

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 it’s hardly his fault he’s been injured all the time.

He looks like he’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 there’s few better strikers that produce goals as regularly as Owen – that’s’ for sure.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Doctapaul

    Oct 21, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #1

    “If I can score the goals that will help them (NUFC) win a trophy or two, that will prove how much I am committed to the club. I would love to do just that.”

    Pray Michael is telling the truth please. He is a world class player whom I still can’t believe is wearing a black and white shirt.

    There’s been 10 tons of “sardines” in the media.

    Now is the time to silence the seagulls.

  • ToonKing

    Oct 21, 2007 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #2

    About time Michael, those pesky media rats can go and pick on Rooney now.

    Now pls score a couple tomorrow.

  • jeff

    Oct 21, 2007 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #3

    It makes me laugh and also p’s me off…Owen comes out and says what he has and that he’s commited and yet people still question if he is being truthful in what he says………..WHAT more do you want from him…………..For F@@k sake GET OFF HIS BACK!!!!

  • Bill f

    Oct 21, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Doctapaul love the Cantona Quote.

    Michael, score goals and sign a new contract and you will be a hero, simple as that.

  • Kingwyn

    Oct 21, 2007 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #5

    I love him to bits and I ‘m happy to have him and want him to stay but he is his own worst enemy. We are still “them” rather than “us” it gives the snipers bullets to fire.

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 21, 2007 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #6

    jeff – we really need to do that – it’s too much an over-reaction from the fans – well said.

  • leo

    Oct 21, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #7

    i believe if he scores 2moro for us he will be on the way to doing that, he has to put a good proformance in though, if he does that he will defo be getting there with the fans.

    come on legs get behind him, not on his back.

  • Hadrian

    Oct 21, 2007 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #8

    id like a new contract signed, and caution taken whenever he’s just back from an injury, not much to ask .
    i dont doubt the goals he’s capible of getting , he’s turned himself into a right gary liniker and will be scoring goals till he retires cos of it .
    whats was said has been said , micheal didnt help himself assuming he was getting boo’d at everton and questioning the managers injury recovery programs


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