The Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan has come out and admitted he wants striker Michael Owen to sign a new deal with the club, before his current contract expires in 18 months.
Michael Owen – starting to play his part at Newcastle?
Of course Michael has had a disastrous time in his 2.5 years at the club. Michael, by our reckoning, has played 36 games for the club, with 30 starts and 14 goals.
The goals return is quite good when you consider he hasnâ€™t been in the team on a continuing basis, with all his injuries. Heâ€™s also starting to score more regularly with 3 goals in the last 6 games, which should really have been 4, with the disallowed goal against Middlesbrough. But he’s certainly looking like he’s starting to play better and enjoy himself more under Keegan, and being made captain hasn’t hurt either.
But when you look at this in the cold light of day heâ€™s hardly been worth the transfer fee or the wages he is paid, which is something north of Â£100K/week. However, it’s also clear that Keegan sees him as an important player in Newcastle’s future. Under Keegan’s management he’s already looked more like the Owen of old, scoring in his last couple of games, and they were typical Michael Owen goals.
Keegan said today:
“It goes without saying that I want him to stay,” “We have to sit down with Michael at some stage. It is something we need to discuss. How long is left on his contract will make it an issue.â€
“Newcastle fans have not seen enough of Michael because of things beyond his control. He has never had a run of games. The first stage is getting the games under his belt.”
It will be interesting to see what the club offers Michael in terms of a compensation package. But in the real world if you donâ€™t perform up to expectations you take a reduction in salary. But then again football isnâ€™t the real world, so heâ€™ll probably get a wage increase, which is hardly deserved.
Not sure if we’ll even be able to find out what he gets, if an extended deal is made between Michael and the club. But we also trust Kevin’s judgement and if he thinks it’s best to extend Michael’s contract at Newcastle, so be it.
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