Don’t Write Owen Off – He’ll Be Back


As we reported yesterday we don’t think Michael Owen has been worth the wages we pay him at Newcastle (£105K/week) or the transfer fee of £17M we paid for him from Real Madrid in August, 2005. That fee was apparently at least £8M over the going price, but then Freddy Shepherd was running the club at that time.

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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 £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 – 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 £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 we’re sure that that news will be broadcast in the next few days – but there’s just one thing wrong with that – it’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.

Sam said:

“There is no room to let anyone go,” “My squad will be depleted in January with four of my players heading off to the African Cup of Nations.”“If anything, I will be looking to bring players in, not just to add numbers to the squad but to improve the team.”

“I have not phoned Sven Goran Eriksson and we have had no conversation regarding Michael Owen,” “It’s December and it’s speculation time again. It happens because it fills the back pages.”

So there you have it – it’s not true. To put the record straight on this – we are just stating the obvious – 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 – not just for himself, but for the club and all the great Newcastle fans.

We think he can do it.

Comments welcome.



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22 comments so far

  • Dave

    Dec 14, 2007 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s a good enough footballer all right and his character is strong. If it was down to those two factors alone he’d be back stronger and deadlier than ever. But he’ll get injured. If it’s the one thing we’ve seen alongside those two very admirable traits, it’s his inability to stay fit. Not his fault, I’m sure he’d prefer to be knocking three in a week for us, but the sad fact of the matter is I simply don’t beleive he can stay fit anymore.

    He should be peaking at his age not the reverse.

    What do we do? Hope. Lets hope and address this again at the end of the season. If he has a good run whilst Oba is away all the better.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 14, 2007 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Owen may be getting a little worried himself – but we need him to score 6 goals in January – nothing like goals to make things better – and he’s always had confidence in his own ability 😀

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  • Dave

    Dec 14, 2007 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d like to see 8 goals in the 6 January 08 games (the two extra coming against Man U and The Arse – both away) from PRIMO (perpetually, regularly injured Michael Owen) 🙂

    Must stay fit…must stay fit…must stay fit….must stay…..

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  • Bill f

    Dec 14, 2007 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Blimey Ed how much more mileage do you think you can get from the Owen saga. Is there any more to be said.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 14, 2007 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #5

    That has to be the end of the road on the mileage on Owen – ran out of gasoline. 😀

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  • Sean

    Dec 14, 2007 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #6

    sell him and bring in diego with that money 😀

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  • simon

    Dec 14, 2007 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #7

    I really dont care about what Owwn HAS done
    Sorry lads but we really need to get rid of him….
    nothing but trouble since he joined
    always the same story with him bloody injured
    right he cost us 17 mil to start with
    wages in excess of 100 thousand a week and sign on fee
    an then there is medical bills
    so in my opinion we could but that money to better use

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  • simon

    Dec 14, 2007 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #8

    sorry about the spelling

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  • briss

    Dec 14, 2007 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Have faith! thats the only thing worth saying, he will score and if he just gets on a roll of fitness with a bit of luck he’ll be our top scorer

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  • Leo

    Dec 14, 2007 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #10

    i was at that signing, and i bought myself a new shirt and put his name on, cost almost 50quid, and how much of a swiz he has been.

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  • Rich

    Dec 14, 2007 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #11

    can someone please give Owen a frigging break?

    i expect this sort of journalism from SkySports & BBC but not from you Ed.

    Bjesus, i cant believe Toon fans are even starting to say things like this.

    Yeah its all his fault, its all Owens fault hes been plauged by injury.

    grow up guys, i thought the point of a nufcblog was to support the team, not to spout out ridiculous propoganda that the other biased media outlets are spouting about our players.

    bah.

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  • Mike

    Dec 14, 2007 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #12

    With martins going off for most of January we can’t afford to let Owen go…

    This african cup is gonna make us lose martins, ameobi, Beye, Geremi, and even Cacapa too I think.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 15, 2007 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Mike the genius inside, ahaha.

    Ameobi is ‘English’.
    Capaca is Brazilian.

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  • Shaz

    Dec 15, 2007 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Yeah cos SA always tells the truth doesn’t he?If he did phone Sven up . Michael can do exactly the same and find out the truth.And Sven will tell him the truth.Allaydyce never rated Owen anyway.Remember the comments during the world cup.Owen said himself , he never forgets the people who criticise him.I hope he leaves on a bosman, after he has taken you lot to the cleaners for doing sweet FA.He hates your club so much , he has already started his alternative career because his footballing days finished the moment he went to St James.

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  • Ross

    Dec 15, 2007 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #15

    its not his fault!
    do you think HE wants to come back, run about for half an hour and go off injured again?
    give the lad a break. whether anyone agree’s or not i’d say he’s just as worried regarding his fitness as we are.
    fair enough, he was expensive, but the lad sticks the ball in the net when he gets the chance.
    its not his fault, the managers fault, anyone’s fault. its a sheer lack of luck.
    all we can do is hope he finds fitness, because he will score goals, definitly. i can understand why people are unhappy, but i dont understand fans who are angry.
    im just as frustrated as the next toon fan, but you cant get angry at him for injuries.
    i will say give owen time (..Q numerous comments saying “he’s had time”..)
    end of the day he hasnt had time, because he hasnt had a decent spell injury free for us, again, no ones fault.
    10 goals in 25 games (all be it over 28 months, i know, i know) isnt a bad record.
    imagine if he stayed fit and found form for say..2 or 3 months running. 10-12 goals later, there’d be no complaints!.
    lets get behind him, hope he gets fit, and starts firing them in.
    haway the lads.

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  • Ross

    Dec 15, 2007 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #16

    and aye, i have just realised that A instead of an O deserves a right good ripping. cant beleive i let myself do that 🙁

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  • sparetheman

    Dec 15, 2007 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #17

    I don’t like the little jibe made in Sheppard’s in this article suggesting 17 million was too much for Owen. I don’t think anyone (especially Toon fans) was saying we had paid over the odds for him back when we first bought him. He was banging them in for Real the season before when he got the chance, and I’m sure he would have carried on in the same vein were it not for the injuries. That, plus the revenue you get from a big name like Owen playing for you – Sheppard, Souness and Shearer were being congratulated by us, the fans, for their work in securing him and in my opinion, rightfully so. Obviously, on hindsight his Newcastle career has been blighted by injuries but they weren’t to know that would be the case. It’s very easy to try and find people to blame for Owen’s thus far bad stint at Newcastle but it really is no one’s fault. I still think they made the right decision at that particular time to sign him.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 15, 2007 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    sparetheman – I accept that criticism – and we did try to explain why Freddy paid the amount he did for Michael – it did mean we got Owen – which as you rightly point out – was great at the time – or so 25,000 Newcastle fans thought, including us.
    Let’s hope Michael comes through – as we said we think he can.

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  • cockney magpie

    Dec 15, 2007 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Ive never lost my belief in Owen and of course he will come through in the end he is a proven world class striker, its not like he is the only newcastle player ever to be plagued by injury is it! we have got to keep he because when he is back in form he could easily be the prems top scorer every year and it aint like he old yet! there is only 2 people i would rather to Owen in the prem and that Ashton bcoz theres something about him thats makes me think of shearer eerytime i see him on the ball or Yakubu bcoz i think he would link up brilliantly with Oba but even then i wouldnt wanna c michael go!

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  • mo

    Dec 15, 2007 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #20

    If he wasn’t fit then why did he go to the world cup.

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  • Leo

    Dec 15, 2007 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #21

    shaz ur an arsehole. leave our nufc blog alone and visit ur own clubs forums.

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  • Shaz

    Dec 16, 2007 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #22

    i might be an arsehole but your fans are a disgrace.He is not the only player injured at your club.There is no way a world class (injured or not )player should have gone to your club. he was desperate and that about sums it up.stop bleating as though you Geordies mean anything to him. he don’t give a monkeys about your club hence the alternative career.

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