Shola Ameobi has been talking to the Newcastle Chronicle today about Michael Owen, and thinks Michael is getting a bit of a raw deal from the Newcastle fans.
The Newcastle faithful have never really accepted Michael at Newcastle yet for a couple of reasons.
One is that heâ€™s been out injured so much during his 2 years on Tyneside. The other is that there is a persistent perception that Michael is a lot more interested in playing for England than he is playing for Newcastle.
Michael Owen – should get a long run in Newcastle side through the end of the year
That is probably unfair to Michael but until Michael starts putting those goals in for Newcastle and helps Newcastle rise up the table, that perception will probably persist.
Shola told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œItâ€™s a shame people keep on questioning Michael,â€ â€œI just donâ€™t understand it. The criticism that he has had is unfair, although he just shrugs it off. He is a strong enough character to do that and get on with what he does best and that is scoring goals.â€
â€œ People keep on knocking Michael down but he continues to prove heâ€™s a world-class player. He has proved he wants to be at Newcastle. He demonstrated his desire when he came back from his (latest) operation in such a short time.â€
Itâ€™s very true that Owen did fantastically well to come back after his hernia operation and not only played the last 20 minutes or so of the Everton game but scored a goal and made a goal in that great 3-2 win. So thereâ€™s no doubt he did very well then. The cynics of course will say he did that only so he could play for England in the international break which followed. And he did â€“ playing in both games including the disaster in Russia.
â€œMichael has shown a desire to be out there not just for England, but also for Newcastle United,â€ â€œHe deserves credit for coming back in such a short time.”
“For me, that proved that he wants to be here. Michaelâ€™s the same as us all here, weâ€™re all desperate to be out there on the field doing what it is weâ€™re best at. Michaelâ€™s like that and what heâ€™s best at is scoring goals.â€
â€œHe is just a special guy,â€ â€œHe has an ability to score goals thatâ€™s rare in this day and age. Michaelâ€™s a world-class striker, heâ€™s someone Newcastle need to reach the heights we want to reach and to realize our ambitions as a club.”
“He has proved his class this season and he will continue to do that â€“ not that he has to prove anything to anyone.â€
We think Michael will do just fine once he’s given a run in the team and it looks like he will be getting that through the end of the year at least. He’s a strong-willed lad and seems very mature for his age. It’s a challenge to him to win over the fans, which of course, he really wants to do. The main thing is that he keeps fit and gets the games for Newcastle – and then the goals should follow.
Shola also has to show what heâ€™s made of. Ameobi has had no impact in the team since Big Sam came to Newcastle, and while itâ€™s true heâ€™s been out injured he must take his chance when he next gets into the side. His time we feel is running out, when there are players like Nicholas Anelka and Peter Crouch that Sam could well bring into the squad in January. We need a second big striker up front as support for Viduka, and it’s not clear to us that Shola is the man – well not yet..
Comments and opinions always very welcome.