Michael Owen Sharp – We Don’t Think So

Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan believes Newcastle striker Michael Owen is looking very sharp, despite having only scored a single goal in his last eleven games.


Michael Owen – nowhere near his best form

The 28-year-old England striker’s only goal since October came in the 4-1 FA Cup third round win over Stoke City at St. James’ Park.

But Keegan feels that Owen is nearly back to his best and will soon start finding the net again. We wonder if that’s true.

Keegan said today:

“Michael is nearly back to where he wants to be. If he had scored a goal, you would have been saying what a good performance it was (against Arsenal).”

“He is looking really sharp, it is just goals now. We have not been creating much for him.”

“If we get him opportunities, he will score.” “You don’t need to tell me if he gets opportunities that he won’t score. Michael’s always done that.”

We’ve heard this also from Sam Allardyce, and while they are probably stating the truth, that we’re not playing to Michael’s strengths, he still has contributed very little to the club this season. We are paying Michael huge wages don’t forget and have a right to expect him to perform above other players in the squad.

Fabio Capello will pick his England squad this week, and Owen will probably be in it, but that’s more because of who he is rather than how he’s been playing recently, which to us is very ordinary.

We still hope Michael will come through for us this season, but we’re not going to say he’s been playing great, when he obviously hasn’t. We’re disappointed in Michael’s contributions this season and he has only 17 months left on his contract.

What will happen to Michael we don’t know but a good finish from Newcastle, with some goals from Michael is what we all want to see.

Comments very welcome.

31 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Jan 28, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    also the fact that micheal really scores goals when he get’s the balls through the centre of the midfield and also the crosses. but mainly through through play. so no need to blame owen, he needs attacking midfielder’s who can open the defence for him!

  • Grambo

    Jan 28, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    if we let his contract ruin out he may just leave us, waste of money

  • Tom from Aus

    Jan 28, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    at least he is playing and not out injured

  • AdamCF

    Jan 28, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Thanks Tom. I hope you haven’t mozzed him 😉

    Seriously guys, it seems that we’re eating our young at the moment.

    MO is a good player, but the balls he receives are woeful. Stop with the long ball to him.. he’s not 7 ft tall. We need a creative midfielder desperately, that will do.

  • Leo*

    Jan 28, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    the last month, since oba has been gone and keegan has been in charge owen has been making brillient runs and pulled the defence away from the other striker but with obafemi being away there is no one able to take them oportunities.

    owen oba partnership will work for sure.

  • sparetheman

    Jan 28, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Fact is he’s been out for essentially 2 years. It’s going to take more than 5 consecutive starts to find his feet. He’s been through these periods of bad form before and come through it. I’m betting he’ll prove his worth by the end of the season if he stays injury free.

  • AdamCF

    Jan 28, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    I tend to agree with you Leo, however, the passing to them will need to be spot on. And there’s the dilemma.

  • robson

    Jan 28, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    I was at the Emirates and watched Owen’s movement and contribution to the game. If he is 100% fit then he is finished. He has lost his pace and therefore if this is not regained he then becomes a liability. I was embarrassed by his performance. He was truely awful. Looks like 17 million down the pan.

  • hanz-emre

    Jan 28, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #9

    KK just want to motivate Owen though Owen couldn’t score goals lately as he couldn’t do magic on his own like some CFs. He needed some good deliveries from our midfield players as Butt/Geremi is crap, Milner & N’zogbia,Duff did little/nothing.Emre is always out for some reason to another.Hes useless if our midfields going like this all season.

  • Taiwan Toon

    Jan 28, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Despite not being a big Owen fan, I’ve to admit the patience shown on him from you guys may be a good thing. Just hope other players would be threated in the same way.

    After all, King Kev thinks he is looking very sharp so I personally will just support it. This is not for Owen, but for KK and the toon.

  • big dunc

    Jan 28, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    1 one shot on target in 2 games magic, course we dont need new signings

  • Hammy

    Jan 28, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12


    Arsenal agree fee for WOODGATE!!!!

    where is Midd the Yidd???

  • Taiwan Toon

    Jan 28, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    I would be over the moon if Woody is signed by the Guners rather than Spurs. I’d love it, just love it. 🙂

  • Graeme

    Jan 28, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Owen needs a good CF to play off and a good attacking midfielder to play him in.

    Having said that I would be quite happy if Owen was sold to get the CF. Martins is the future, Owen is the past. He has lost his pace, but does he still have the desire????

  • Nobby!

    Jan 28, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #15

    We actually should play Viduka more. Owen plays well with big guys who clear and create space. Remember how well Heskey and Owen played for England? Viduka can be our ‘Heskey.’


    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #16

    what would you love about it? what still remains is that we lost the chance to sign him?

  • Hadrian

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #17

    he’s not sharp? he had one decent chance and was inches away .

  • Hadrian

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #18

    ohh, dennis wise rumors picking up steam , our new no2?

  • Len

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #19

    Looks sharp as a tennis ball to me. First he wasnt fit. Then he needed games. Then Allardyce tactics didnt suit. The latest mantra is he can score if you give him a tap in on plate. Hes lost pace and hasnt adapted. Interesting comment in his bio that KK wanted him to learn to play with his back to goal (what you need to do if not fast) and he didnt like it. His body lanaguage suggests to me he would rather be at the races.

  • Taiwan Toon

    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #20

    to ELFER:

    You are right, we still miss the chance to sign him. But I am sure Spurs will be more disappointed than I had. Well, I’ve been childrish, I must admit. 🙂

  • Shaun Dean

    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Owen mostly relied on his pace before he got injured which he has now lost that was prehaps his best attribute along with his positional sense however as ive said he has lost his pace plus based on my assumptions on his recent preformences he has lost the ability to score blatant easy goals. When Shearer got injured and lost his pace he simply adapted his game and relied more on the other atributes he had such as strength to hold ball up, heading ability, leadership qualities etc etc…Owen has been with us a few years and has accomplished nothing while still being paid aprox 100 grand a week, its pretty safe to say he is a waste of space, he clearly does not want to play for Newcaastle.
    Martins is the main man for newcastle sure he has some weaknesses to his game but he is my far our most profitable player if we were to sell him and is still young enough to improve along with being our top goal scorerer the past few seasons aswell furthermore he actually looks like he tries when he plays.


    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #22

    If owen played against that clown from Senegal hed score a few goals. That lunatic keeper cost me a fortune. Hope keane signs him for the mackems.

  • adaaaam

    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #23

    when iv been watchin him in the ground recently i think he s looked really sharp. his movement is impeccable and it never stops, its brilliant but hes just not gettin the service

  • Obafan

    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #24

    We are too hard on our strikers. They need to get better delivery. We lack of creativity and to be honnest Smith partnering Owen is awful. Owen had no chance against Senderos and Gallas cause Smith was just running like a headless chicken. Again a real waste of space that guy is.

    Once Emre gets a run he will open up defences wth his creativity for both Oba and Owen.

  • stjames

    Jan 28, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Good article Ed and I agree with you 100%.

    I feel the whole Owen affair has been a complete disaster. He’s not to blame personally though. The circumstances have been really terrible.

  • Bill f

    Jan 28, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #26

    Viduka is no Heskey, I reckon giving Carrol a run in that role would be more productive.

  • Nobby!

    Jan 28, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Hm! Almost forgot about that kid, Bill! 🙂

  • Shaz

    Jan 28, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #28

    this is what your special k said so don’t take my word for it but i agree with it .and ffs stop blaming owen.

    Keegan said the rest of the Newcastle team – and not just Owen – are to blame for the ex-Liverpool star’s goal drought.

    “Michael will be at my door saying ‘we are not creating anything.’ That’s what I would do if I was him because we aren’t.

  • Reb

    Jan 28, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #29

    I find it interesting that different people attend the same match and come away with completely different conclusions regarding Owen’s movement. Some say Owen’s slow, never moves, etc. while others say his movement is brilliant, and never stops, etc.

    The truth? I can’t claim to be an expert or an eye-witness. I currently live in America, hard to get to matches. But, having listened to everyone blame it on his latest injury ruining his pace…I think that’s a witch-hunt, to be honest. Owen’s “blistering pace” went with his physical build-up in 2003 to cure his recurring hamstring issues. He’s scored a lot of goals for two clubs and his country since, so I just don’t think that’s on.

    Plus, many of the “experts” are backing Owen to at least be in the England squad. Partly, this is reflective of the utter dearth of reliable English strikers. But it’s also because Owen has never looked good without a settled, solid midfield. And Newcastle lacks either characteristic in it’s midfield currently.

    For now, I think there are few better judges of an out-and-out striker than the likes of Keegan — England last Ballon d’Or winner before Michael Owen. I’ll trust Keegan’s assessment of Owen’s “problem” — that is, that it lies in the midfield and Newcastle aren’t creative enough.

    Just realised, I’d bet Newcastle is the only club in England with two Ballon d’Or winners currently at their club. Even if one is the manager.

  • Reb

    Jan 28, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #30

    P.S. Ed — you’ve forgotten to change the goal counts on the sidebar. Newcastle had four different goalscorers v. Stoke. Owen and Milner both have 4 goals for NUFC now, Cacapa 2 and Duff 1.

  • JJ

    Jan 29, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #31

    “The latest mantra is he can score if you give him a tap in on a plate.”
    I couldnt have out it better myself… any striker could score if they were supplied with tap-ins. Its what strikers like Shearer (long range, superb back to goal), Henry (drifts wide, creates something out of nothing), Tevez (workhorse and creativity), Berbatov (first touch and vision), these strikers can score and contribute to the game.
    Owen can not. He needs goals handed to him on a platter. re above, ie- not world class but average. (he used to have extra yard of pace but no longer does and he doesnt have the physical build to remodel his game).
    Get in a Carew, an Ashton, or Gudjohnsen etc and we can get so much more out of them and use the rest of Owens wages to get a decent creative midfielder.


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