Weâ€™re not sure that Manchester City were ever serious about wanting to buy Michael Owen in January.
Michael Owen – started only 21 games in 28 months at Newcastle
But we now see the big story today is that Manchester City are not interested in taking Michael to Eastlands in January.
We think for one thing, Michael still has a lot of proving to do at Newcastle, that he is indeed worth the vast wages we are paying him. In his almost two and a half seasons at Newcastle United (28 months) he has appeared in just 25 games (21 starts) and scored 10 goals. And we have paid around Â£13M in wages during that time not to mention the Â£17M transfer fee.
Has Michael been worth it so far? Absolutely not.
Thatâ€™s not at all to say he will not come back during the last 18 months of his contract, and play a lot more games and a score a lot more goals for us. We very much hope he does just that. But up to this point itâ€™s been a very bad deal for Newcastle United, based purely on the facts.
Big Sam apparently has admitted to the Evening Chronicle this week that he has been in touch with City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson to find out his intentions regarding Michael Owen. Apparently Sam wanted to understand whether he should be looking for a replacement for Michael, so that tells us he was prepared to let Owen go, if City made a good offer.
Apparently Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra has stopped any move for Owen because of Michaelâ€™s injury problems over the last two years. Thatâ€™s a good business decision, and unless Michael starts to play a lot more games and score a lot more goals for Newcastle, we do not expect to be able to get much for him when his contract runs out in eighteen months.
What do you think? Let us know – comments welcome.