As we reported yesterday we donâ€™t think Michael Owen has been worth the wages we pay him at Newcastle (Â£105K/week) or the transfer fee of Â£17M we paid for him from Real Madrid in August, 2005. That fee was apparently at least Â£8M over the going price, but then Freddy Shepherd was running the club at that time.
Michael Owen – we think he can turn his career around at Newcastle
To be fair to Freddy, he paid way over the odds to keep Liverpool from buying Michael for Â£9M, which is what Liverpool got from Real Madrid a year earlier, and were obviously not going to pay any more than that, to get Michael back. It worked, and Newcastle made one of their most famous signings ever, and 25,000 fans came to St. James’ Park to welcome Michael and that made news around the world.
What has happened since that time of course is that Michael has been injured â€“ almost all the time, and at least two of those injuries came while playing for England.
We have read today that Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce has put an Â£8M price tag on striker Michael Owen, and he even called Manchester City manager Sven Eriksson to enquire whether he was interested in taking Michael in January. And weâ€™re sure that that news will be broadcast in the next few days â€“ but thereâ€™s just one thing wrong with that â€“ itâ€™s not true.
With the squad stretched, Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is keen to bolster his squad with quality, despite reports of possible departures. He spoke today and even mentioned that the news on Owen was all wrong.
â€œThere is no room to let anyone go,â€ â€œMy squad will be depleted in January with four of my players heading off to the African Cup of Nations.â€â€œIf anything, I will be looking to bring players in, not just to add numbers to the squad but to improve the team.â€
â€œI have not phoned Sven Goran Eriksson and we have had no conversation regarding Michael Owen,â€ â€œItâ€™s December and itâ€™s speculation time again. It happens because it fills the back pages.â€
So there you have it â€“ itâ€™s not true. To put the record straight on this â€“ we are just stating the obvious â€“ that up to this point the Owen deal has not been worth it for Newcastle United. But we support Michael and believe he is a strong enough character and a good enough footballer to still make himself a real force at the club. We are hoping very much he will do that â€“ not just for himself, but for the club and all the great Newcastle fans.
We think he can do it.