Michael Owen is not playing particularly well for Newcastle United and certainly hasnâ€™t scored many goals for us.
Michael Owen – can he get on goals track again?
And it looks like the new England manager Capello will only play players who are performing well for their clubs. Not a bad philosophy, since for England we have tended to play the same â€œstarsâ€ regardless of how they are playing for their clubs.
But Kevin Keegan has vowed to help Michael get back on the goals trail and today his team mate and creative midfielder Emre, has also talked about helping Michael.
He told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œMichael Owen is a big player for us, one of the best strikers in Europe, but he has struggled to score goals in recent weeks because the service has not been there for him,â€
â€œWe know he will score goals if we give him the chances, but it was tough against Arsenal to create anything. When we create chances he scores them and he is always someone you know will get on the end of things if you can make a good delivery.â€
â€œIâ€™ve always tried to create chances. It is one of the things I can hopefully bring to the side, that is what the manager has told me. Iâ€™ve not started many games this season, but Iâ€™ve already got seven assists and I think Michael has been on the end of a lot of those. I hope I can help him find his best form because we need his goals.â€
Emre won his 52nd cap for Turkey in their goalless friendly draw with Sweden in Istanbul last night â€“ has freely admitted the arrival of Keegan as manager has not only pleased him but he is thinking of extending his contract at Newcastle, so he can stay here through the rest of his career. Thatâ€™s always nice to hear from our players.
Emre – very happy to stay at Newcastle
Emre says he’s never been unhappy in England but just wants to play more. We’re sure he’ll get more games under Kevin, because his skill can turn games, as he has proved this season, especially against Everton when he scored one and made one for Michael Owen.
â€œIâ€™ve always been happy living in England, I just wanted to play more under Sam Allardyce. The next three months are very important because I want to prove that I should still be here next season and that the new manager can rely on me.â€
â€œI feel as though Iâ€™m an ambassador for my country here and I have been made to feel very welcome. I have a friend who runs a very good Turkish restaurant in Newcastle where I go often, but I also have a lot of friends in the Turkish community across the region.â€
â€œIt has helped me settle well and I donâ€™t want to leave, Iâ€™ve never said anything about wanting to leave.â€
Emre should get a chance to start against Aston Villa on Saturday, and now we know Owen is fit to go, since he didn’t play last night. Maybe we can see Emre create chances for Owen on Saturday. What is getting very clear is that we must start picking up some points in the league very soon. We’ve only taken 3 points from the last 24 available since mid-December, and that’s not good enough at all.