We have no complaints with the way Michael Owen is playing for Newcastle since Kevin Keegan arrived at the club, and there’s no doubt his performance on Saturday was one of the few positive points about the game at Villa Park.
Michael Owen – starting to play really well at Newcastle
Indeed Michael gave us the perfect start on Saturday, with a great opportunist header after just 5 minutes, but it was to no avail as our defense completely collapsed (again) in the second half.
However, it has been noticeable that Michael’s work rate and general play in the last few weeks has been just excellent. This is the kind of play the new England manager Fabio Capello wants to see from all his players, as he has made team work the number one priority in the England team.
The 28-year-old was a constant threat to the Villa defense, and it certainly looks like Michael has regained his ability to put the ball in the net with the slightest of chances, as he has done in the last couple of games.
Steven Taylor – England Under-21 captain
Steven Taylor, our England Under-21 captain, who had another solid game for the England Under-21 side last week, talked to the Newcastle Journal today about Michael today:
â€œI couldnâ€™t believe what I was hearing last week when people were writing Michael Owen off,â€ â€œBut he is a very, very strong character and he just gets on with it, he doesnâ€™t let it get to him.”
“It was unbelievable because we all know what a good player Michael is and what he brings to the team. He is a goal machine and we are going to need his goals between now and the end of the season.â€
â€œHe has been flying in training and he was always going to start scoring again. He has done that all his career so it doesnâ€™t surprise me one little bit that he is back on the score sheet again for us.
â€œHis performance was probably the only big positive we could take from the Villa game and it was great to see him get another goal for us after what happened with England earlier in the week.â€ â€œI was surprised when he didnâ€™t get on against Switzerland because he has been Englandâ€™s leading goal-scorer for a long time now.â€
Good words from Steven Taylor, and we are hoping the 2 weeks of intensive training that Kevin and his staff are now having with the squad, will show some definite improvements in the home game with Manchester United in 9 days time.
While we may not get any points out of that game, we just have to improve, so we can start picking points up against the lesser clubs we’ll be meeting in the next several weeks.