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.

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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.