Thereâ€™s a good article in the Newcastle Journal this morning by Luke Edwards, on Michael Owen, which also appeared on Luke’s web-site a day or two back, which is worth a read by Newcastle fans.
Michael Owen – after scoring against Stoke City
Basically Luke makes the very valid point that the dropping of Michael Owen by Fabio Capello, can and probably should be a very good thing for Newcastle United.
The only way back into the starting England side now for Michael is to play well for his club, Newcastle United, and score some goals to get the attention of Fabio, who of course knows all about Owen.
Capello has stated that for the England games he will pick the players in his squad who are on form for their clubs. What a concept!
In fact everything weâ€™ve heard from Capello so far tell us he is a no nonsense coach and a winner, who hopefully will be great for England, even if he is Italian.
Newcastle fans have never really embraced Michael at Newcastle, partly because heâ€™s been out with injury so much, but Michael seems to be energized by the arrival of Keegan, who seems to understand the position Michael finds himself in. Michael is motivated by Kevin’s arrival, there’s no doubt about that.
Kevin thinks he can make things work again not only for Michael, but for Newcastle. Michael’s also Kevinâ€™s new captain of course, and that may even become long term, since Michael seems delighted to be the captain, and that can only help his game, also. Michael is also very strong mentally, much like Alan Shearer was and is, and the tea leaves suggest he’ll fight his way back into the England starting line-up.
Itâ€™s obvious that Kevin wants to build the attack around Owen, who can then score plenty of goals for us, which is what he does best â€“ or at least he did do best. Not sure how Keegan fits Oba Martins into all of this, but we will be able to to get some ideas in the remaining games of this season.
So there are several reasons now why Michael is motivated at Newcastle United:
- The arrival of Kevin Keegan
- Michael being made captain of the club
- Capello dropping Michael from the starting England eleven
What do you think?
Let is know – comments always welcome – just a couple of hours to go before the Villa game, excitement building.