Thereâ€™s no doubt that since Kevin Keegan arrived at the club, Michael Owen has looked a better player and is starting to approach his old form.
Michael Owen – showing glimpses of old goal-scoring form
When Kevin first arrived of course, the popular press jumped on some bad feelings between the two of them, when Keegan was the England Boss but that was 8 years ago, when Michael was still only 20 years old.
It turns out that Kevin is a great admirer of Owen, and seems to have picked him as the person to get the goals at Newcastle, not too surprisingly. And he immediately made Michael captain, which was a clear sign of Kevin burying the hatchet, if there ever was one in the first place.
And since Keegan arrived Michael has scored 3 goals and looked much sharper in the penalty box. Before Saturdayâ€™s game Keegan talked about what he told Michael:
â€œI said to Michael Owen: â€˜Theyâ€™ve written their stories this week you write yoursâ€™. To a point he did and itâ€™s a pity it wasnâ€™t enough to win a football match.â€
â€œMichaelâ€™s a great character, a very strong character. People try to shoot holes in him and the more they do that the more heâ€™ll try to prove them wrong.â€
â€œI think thatâ€™s always been the mark of great players. Michael knows, I know, you know. Big names make big stories, great headlines.â€
â€œI told people before this match, before the last match, Michael was very fit and if we provided him with chances he would score.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve only provided him with two half chances for the two goals heâ€™s got, but he has shown courage and an appetite for work.â€™â€™
Of course Kevin was in the same situation that Michael is now, being a top England player for a long time, so he knows what it’s all about. But Michael’s up-tick in form is one of the good things that we’ve seen since Kevin came back.
And Michael was one of the few players on Saturday who did well. Giving us a great opportunist goal after just 5 minutes is why Michael can be so important for us in this new Keegan era.
Certainly Michael has seemed to have been fully energized by the arrival of Kevin, that’s fairly obvious.
Keep it up Michael.
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