Michael Owen On Way Back


Sam Allardyce talked today of some possible signings in January. It was announced yesterday that Celestine Babayaro will be leaving Newcastle, and the club have agreed to pay up his contract through the summer of next year.

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Michael Owen – back for Derby County game just before Xmas

Sam said today:

“If I was going to sign anyone it would be with a much longer-term view than January and February,”

“We’re looking to build a first-team squad capable of competing at the top level, but we are also looking to improve at youth level and make signings there.”

Allardyce signed £6.5M Jose Enrique as our left-back in the summer, but Jose has not played there too much and right now young Charles N’Zogbia, has the left back position.

Whether Sam will be buying another left-back remains to be seen, but we see that Matthew Taylor has been made available by Portsmouth. We were interested in Matthew a couple of years back, but we have no idea what Sam thinks of the player.

Big Sam has also arranged for a behind-closed-doors game this week to help with the recovery of Damien Duff, Abdoulaye Faye, Claudio Caçapa and Shola Ameobi and, although Michael Owen is not expected to play in that game, it looks like the December 23rd visit of Derby County may be his comeback game from the thigh strain he picked up playing for England.

Sam continued:

“We are looking to get some players back for Saturday’s game with Fulham at Craven Cottage,” “I have arranged a behind-closed-doors game this week when we are hoping the likes of Damien Duff, Abdoulaye Faye, Claudio Caçapa and Shola Ameobi will all play.”

“Michael Owen will probably not, but we are expecting him back with the rest of the first-team squad nearer the end of the week.” “ He should certainly be back for the game with Derby County at St James’s Park a week on Sunday.”

So it does look like our injury situation is improving, and it will be interesting to see which team Sam picks for Saturday against Fulham. We need all 3 points in that game too, to allow us to move up the league again.

Comments welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • mac

    Dec 11, 2007 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    I think we will buy in Jan,i also think people willl go the other way,the team hasn’t had long enough to gel but i already feel some of the players aren’t good enough for the prem.

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  • Bill F

    Dec 11, 2007 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Given the recent history it’s hard to work up any enthusiasm over this item, in fact I might just have a snooZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • Srky

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Thaks God we’re getting all together! But only untill African CON… And we have so many African players. It will be hard!

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  • George

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Michael Owen on his way back, GREAT. Hold on though , on his way back for who, NUFC or England

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  • Leo

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    i really think we are going to get a gem in for the january transfer window, i dont know who, but i would say that big mike ashley hasnt given us our superstar yet…..

    the reason that mort and alardyce is talking down their transfer actions and plans for the winter is because they want to keep the price down…

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  • Alan

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Michael Owen is on his way back… Again.
    Forgive me if I don’t get excited by this news as he’s hardly showing we’re a better team with him in it is he?
    Sell him at the first opporitunity and have no-one bigger than the team

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  • scott 9

    Dec 11, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #7

    owen back thank god hes our best strikers however if he gets injured again then he should go

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  • Obafan

    Dec 11, 2007 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #8

    What a shocking news; Owen on his way back!!!

    It is very simple to write this article just copy and paste the article fromt he last time (which was not that long ago). Or the article before the last one or befroe that one, cause they all are from this going season.

    Like Alan said I’ m not getting excited anymore on the Owen stories. Is there an England game upcoming, because he is on his way back??? 😉

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  • THELONGSHANKS

    Dec 11, 2007 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Owen will at least now fully focus on Newcastle.We will have no oba soon so he has to start scoring and with the team looking better he has no excuses about getting service.

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  • Bill F

    Dec 11, 2007 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #10

    If i was a bookie I wouldnt be giving any odds on him getting injured again. It’s as certain as an English Summer. 🙂

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  • big pea ov the weab

    Dec 11, 2007 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #11

    like i keep saying get rid of owen wot a liberty

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 11, 2007 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #12

    we cant be letting owen go when england have a new manager (cappelo?) . owen wants his england goal record , and to get in the team he needs to play well in the prem .
    id hate to flog him and watch him turn out ample goals .

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