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?
Weâ€™re also sure thatâ€™s what Newcastle fans will also be hoping for. But thereâ€™s not doubt that since Oba Martins will be away on Africans Nationsâ€™ Cup duty for Nigeria, itâ€™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 heâ€™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 heâ€™s managed in over two and a half seasons at Newcastle. But thatâ€™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.â€
“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.