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 strikerâ€™s only goal since October came in the 4-1 FA Cup third round win over Stoke City at St. Jamesâ€™ Park.
But Keegan feels that Owen is nearly back to his best and will soon start finding the net again. We wonder if thatâ€™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).â€
“He is looking really sharp, it is just goals now. We have not been creating much for him.â€
“If we get him opportunities, he will score.â€ “You don’t need to tell me if he gets opportunities that he won’t score. Michael’s always done that.”
Weâ€™ve heard this also from Sam Allardyce, and while they are probably stating the truth, that weâ€™re not playing to Michaelâ€™s strengths, he still has contributed very little to the club this season. We are paying Michael huge wages donâ€™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 thatâ€™s more because of who he is rather than how heâ€™s been playing recently, which to us is very ordinary.
We still hope Michael will come through for us this season, but weâ€™re not going to say heâ€™s been playing great, when he obviously hasnâ€™t. Weâ€™re disappointed in Michaelâ€™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.
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