Can Owen Deliver The Goods at Newcastle?

Big Sam is hoping Michael Owen can stay injury-free until the end of the season, and get back on the goals trail for Newcastle United.


Michael Owen – can he deliver the goods for Newcastle?

We’re also sure that’s what Newcastle fans will also be hoping for. But there’s not doubt that since Oba Martins will be away on Africans Nations’ Cup duty for Nigeria, it’s time again for Michael to play his part in the comeback of Newcastle United.

We certainly pay Michael enough money to score goals for the club on a regular basis. Unfortunately he’s so far only scored 10 goals for the club since signing from Real Madrid 29 months ago. That’s mainly because of all the injuries he’s had and Michael’s made just 28 appearances for the club, with just 22 starts.

In his single season at Real Madrid he appeared 35 times for them, and scored 13 goals. More appearances and mores goals in a single season than he’s managed in over two and a half seasons at Newcastle. But that’s more of the evidence of a spell on Newcastle United, than anything else. 😀


New England manager Fabio Capello

Michael usually gets injured playing for England, and unfortunately there are some England games coming up next month with new manager Fabio Capello. England meet European 2008 co-hosts Switzerland on 6th February at Wembley in his debut as England manager. Capello will name his first squad on 31st January, and we expect Owen to be in that squad.

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce says he is confident Owen will soon be back among the goals as he gets match fit again. Big Sam told Newcastle World TV:

“It was a real shame at Stoke because he could have come back with a blaze of glory and stuck that one in from Mark Viduka,”

“We are pleased to have him back and hopefully now he will get sharper and sharper as each game goes on and score more and more goals because that’s what we are looking for.”

“And I hope that’s the case right the way through to the end of the season.”

Michael is a good lad, and we’re sure he knows he owes Newcastle a lot. And we can only hope that with a few more games under his belt, he will start to fire home those goals we know he has in him.

We don’t doubt Michael’s commitment to the club at all, but we just need to keep him a lot fitter and free from injury, than he’s been these last 29 months.

Over to you Sam and the fitness staff.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 8, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #1

    totally off the point baheng is starting for reserves tonight.

  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Simply one of the greatest finishers in the history of English football. Soon to be England’s leading goalscorer of all time. The yard of pace he is lost is not a problem because whip the ball into the six yard box and he’ll be there.

    As much as I love Nzogbia this season, it frustrates me to see him constantly coming in from the flanks to either shoot or play a ball across the centre. Why can’t he use his pace to get down the wing and whip the ball into the box. We don’t have one player crossing into the box on a consistent level, and that is why we don’t see the best of Owen at Newcastle.

    He’s still only 28 and has 4 years left of top scoring provided he is given the service.

    Nobody wants to score goals for Newcastle more than Michael Owen.

    Remember he got both serious injuries at Newcastle while chasing a lost ball. He is desperate to do well for us. I hope the fans give him the confidence and support during games to get him back on track for us.

  • Stami

    Jan 8, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #3

    i agree with you there James.

    there is alot of pressure on Owen to score goals for us this season. that must be difficult for any player to handle, especially when you are not performing at your best! i think once he has put a few away his confidence will be up and that will help his game tremendously!

    it must also be said that there has been a lack of support from the midfield going foreward which does not make a strikers job easy! i would really like to see Milner take the bull by the horns and become the player he is destined to be! i have high hopes for that one. not just for NUFC but England too!

    now lets get past Stoke and show the Gooners what we are capable of! a win against them in the Cup could just be the confidence boost that this squad needs! we have good players who are MASSIVELY under performing and the manager is taking the blame!


  • Leo

    Jan 8, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #4

    once owen scores he will go on a run of scoring

  • rubbix

    Jan 8, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #5

    MO is simply our best player…..give him the service and will score the goals….FACT !

  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Rubbix – couldn’t agree more mate

  • Stami

    Jan 8, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #7

    there is a hole in the midfield going foreward, this does not make an easy task for the strikers!

  • Ben

    Jan 8, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Ownes class is not in question,its the service to him that is!How anyone can even question Owen is beyond me,the guy is world class!True professional!

  • Srky

    Jan 8, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #9

    @James Rightly said! I agree with you tottaly, we don’t use MO on the right way. He should be given low balls not high. He had great chance against ManCty and that’s how he should be played. Low, fast ball in empty space.

  • valle

    Jan 8, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #10

    There is no doubt Owen is the best finisher we have and he will deliver once he gets an injury free run


    Jan 8, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #11

    agree too, but only if we manage to provide him!! so why finish up with LASSANA DIARRA (who could be our next ex-LeHavre mega jungster) who could provide him with straight passes? Zoggy and Milner will truly also provide him, becouse they have the class.

  • SuperShearer

    Jan 8, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #12

    On a totally different matter but one that might help young Owen; we are bing linked with a move for Dean Ashton. I think this would be a fantastic signing for the Toon if we can pull it off. He is young, strong, and can score goals. He doesn’t mind being used as a target man and is good friends with Taylor. He would compliment any of our strikers well, Owen/Martins could feed off his knock downs and his ability to hold the ball up would allow Viduka to move further forward into his most deadly scoring position. Forget Nolan Sam Ashton is the man to go for, I know this will upset people but Ashton has Shearer like qualities and we have missed that since the legends departure. Also have we signed Baheng? How come there was notice posting on this?

  • Srky

    Jan 8, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #13

    I also fancy Viduka. I think he also has some Shearer like qualities. Brilliant player, scored some very important goals this season.

  • Bill F

    Jan 8, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #14

    Yes and yes for the reasons already stated above. I would like us to get Crouch as the perfect foil for him though. Although I agree that Ashton would be a good buy as well. Why not get them both Sam.

  • nightfall

    Jan 8, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #15

    owen doesn’t suit sam’s style of play… you can’t have both..face it…either you sell owen or sack sam…

  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Nightfall – sacking Sam suits me, thanks very much


    Jan 8, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #17

    I always believe that Newcastle has enough players to ensure we stay in the top 6 – every week until end of the season. With Owen, Martins, Viduka, Duff, N’Zogbia, Milner and Smith – at least a goal in a game (although we may be in the losing side) shouldn’t be a problem for us. BUT WHY IN MANY GAMES SO FAR WE ONLY PRODUCED LESS THAN 3 SHOTS ON GOAL? The answer is – No Oppotunity For Creative Midfielder Like Emre To Play Full 90 Minutes In Our Engine Room To Create Chances For The Strikers! More playing time were given to combative midfield players but with ‘limited creativity’ like Butt, Smith, Geremi and Barton. Come on Big Sam… We can give you time, but you should always remember that now you’re not managing Bolton!

  • ToonKing

    Jan 8, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #18

    I been preaching the same thing SuperShearer, Ashton is the guy we need.

  • Tez131

    Jan 8, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #19

    SuperShearer – Yes we have got Wesley

    “WESLEY Ngo Baheng will feature for Newcastle United Reserves against Sunderland tonight.

    The 18-year-old is cleared to play at Kingston Park (kick-off 7pm) after completing his move to the Magpies from Le Havre.”

  • Reb

    Jan 8, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #20

    One problem, Ed — Owen has scored more than 10 goals for Newcastle. He scored 11 in his first half-season, I’m fairly certain, and 3 since. That’s 14 by my count. And in his approximately 30 starts (oh that’s painful) – that’s actually not that bad of a run, nearly 1 in 2 still. If he ever gets fit regularly and stays on that pace, he’d be back to his 18 or 19 per season in the league from earlier years. The big “if” is not the goals, but the fitness. And the service. Sort the midfield and the strikers (esp Owen) will come good.

  • Obafan

    Jan 8, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #21

    MO is a great striker, but I have got the feeling that when he is back from injury that the coaches play him too soon. IMO he is not 100% ready and then he gets injured again. Perhaps I’m wrong, but it might be.

    Indeed once he gets his goals, he will have a good run for us…

  • steve

    Jan 8, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Owen can def deliver for the toon but needs better service from midfield, same goes for Martins – they can’t do it all on thier own.

  • Johann

    Jan 8, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Please stop saying Michael Owen is a great striker. What exactly has he shown? Great strikers don´t really need the service. Did Alan Shearer really need service? Owen once was great. He made things himself, out of nothing. He´s half the player he was. So start saying he was great not that he is. Partnership of Ashton and Viduka would be frightning though.

  • Hadrian

    Jan 8, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #24

    What i have seen in the past two matches is owen on the end of what little chances he has got .
    sure he didnt finish them , but any sniff of a smart pass and there you see owen yards ahead of their defence . he’s lost a yard of pace but wasnt daft and got smarter.
    ive every faith in owen and really hope he comes good and signs a new contract .
    the chances in the past few games required neat little flicks to get them in the net , he says himself it normally takes a few games to get sharp .

  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #25

    He is a poacher. He feeds off balls being whipped into the six yard box the same way Lineker did. The reason he has scored so many goals in his career is because he anticipates chances before defenders have sensed them. Strikers never lose that poaching ability. Remember the header he scored against Wigan earlier in the season? He flew into position and headed it home before the defenders had even moved. That’s Michael Owen.

  • Mike

    Jan 9, 2008 at 3:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Theres only one Michael Owen!


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