Owen Looking Better With Every Game


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.

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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.

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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:

“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing last week when people were writing Michael Owen off,” “But he is a very, very strong character and he just gets on with it, he doesn’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.”

“He has been flying in training and he was always going to start scoring again. He has done that all his career so it doesn’t surprise me one little bit that he is back on the score sheet again for us.

“His 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.” “I was surprised when he didn’t get on against Switzerland because he has been England’s leading goal-scorer for a long time now.”

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.

Comments welcome.



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19 comments so far

  • Leo*

    Feb 14, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1

    he is looking bettter everyday, whats peoples thoughts about owens new contract 20mil 4 year deal!

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  • Rich

    Feb 14, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #2

    I want him to stay i really do, still think its a lot of money to pay him, id like to see how he does till the end of the season if he keeps scoring then pay him the bucks because we wont get a better striker and goalscoreer for less than 20 million!!

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  • malaysian toon

    Feb 14, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #3

    he is really a quality lad but i still think we should cut some of his pay as he is lacking the pace he used to have. maybe pay him 70-90k instead of the current 100+k pwer week

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  • Kash2

    Feb 14, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #4

    He won’t take a pay drop because he knows he can leave on a free in a couple of years and probably get more!!!!!

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  • jeff

    Feb 14, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Id like to see exactly what Owen is wanting from a new contract…….Could this not just be those southern news papers trying to get Owen away from newcastle yet again?Afterall they have been trying to do that ever since he came here…I’d be very surprised if Owen is demanding anything…He would probably see what is offered to him rather than coming out with ultimatums…..I mean howay it was the mirror for god sake…..

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  • steve k

    Feb 14, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #6

    He has been great there’s no doubt. He has been the best performer on the team in recent weeks and has responding fantastically to Kevin’s return.

    The only issue with Owen is whether or not a Premier League team can carry a player who is an out-and-out striker. Owen’s one of the best at what he does, but look at all the top sides and their big strikers all contribute outside of the box with regards to creating, holding etc. These are abilities Owen doesn’t have and if the side are playing badly they are essentially down to ten men – because Owen can’t contribute in that situation.

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  • Gooderz

    Feb 14, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #7

    It would be great if Owen dropped his basic wage, but had a good goal bonus. That way we’d only pay him his current wage when playing, and playing well.

    Don’t see it happening though…

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  • Marcus

    Feb 14, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #8

    He is absolute garbage IMO and has been robbing the geordie fans for too long and now he wants more!!! It’s absolute disgrace.

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  • Bill F

    Feb 14, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #9

    If MA wants to waste his money on the possibility that MO becomes a superstar again, then it’s his call. You know what, I would love to see them get Alan Sugar on the contract negotiation team. You can just see it either you score the winning goal this week or you are sacked. Or alternatively “you take a 50% cut in wages”. That works as an idea for me.

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  • JJ

    Feb 14, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #10

    I would rather have Oba than Owen because of his age and wages. But Owen has done better recently.
    He actually worked off the ball and helped press in the first half against Villa – which added something to his game besides poaching.
    If he can add that little something extra I’ll be happy to keep him as theirs no doubt he’ll finish chances.
    But is he really worth 17Mil and 100 000 a week? – not in my opionion.
    Would I rather have 17mil to spend and 100k in wages to get 2 top quality midfielders? – hell yes.
    We’d still have Viduka, Martins up front with Carrol. We cudda had Defoe for 9mil too on half the wages.

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  • Ian

    Feb 14, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #11

    I would have preferred Benjani than Defoe even if Defoe is younger, someone big and strong Djibril Cisse is for sale in the Summer, Man City are after him, we could afford him and another on Owens wages.

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  • big pea ov the weab

    Feb 14, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #12

    r u lot watching differnt games to me becouse i dont think owen trys hard enouf and i certintly wouldnt b bothered if he went to another club the money we would save on his wages could entice some1 with a bit passion to our club some 1 like berbatov comes to mind

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  • big pea ov the weab

    Feb 14, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #13

    @ bill f
    i toataly agree with u m8 i think the board are toataly out of there depth wth the toon like i think MA should sell to some 1 with at least half a clue

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  • Ian

    Feb 14, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #14

    big pea, there are some that support him if he just turns up, Martins to me is the man, but Owen has till the end of the season to show how much he can improve, one thing is for certain if Martins and Owen are played together, Owen is going to have to improve if he wants to be no1, or Martins will make him look less than second class.
    I would like to see Owen (if he improves), Martins and Viduka stay in the Summer, sell Shola and bring in a big fast player like Djibril Cisse, that gives us a lot more variation at the front, I do not think Ashton would be good to buy, unless Viduka was leaving or Owen, two thinkers is enough and two fast players one tall one shorter.

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  • steve k

    Feb 14, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #15

    tall man/short man tactic is surely ten years out of date at this stage.

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  • Shaz

    Feb 14, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Get real , stop banging on like you are some big club.Why should owen take a pay cut?it is not his fault , your team are rubbish.Twice in recent games he has given you the lead.Twice your defenders have blown it in spectacular fashion.As for not wanting him at the club.don’t worry, he will leave after he takes you lot to the cleaners, how did the daily mail writer , Paul Hayward (owen’s autobiography ghostwriter)put it, yep he was practically kidnapped into going to newcastle.stop whinging and get Behind owen, if anyone will do his best to stop you going down it is him.on the other hand , i’d love to see you lot relagated.Maybe then you lot will shut up about being a big club.

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  • ToonRich

    Feb 14, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #17

    @ steve k, I have to disagree with Owen not contributing outside of the area…In recent weeks he has had to come deep to get the ball, and even then he has been able to spread the ball wide – without loosing possession. As for the tall/short combo upfront is a little out dated, perhaps not all the Prem teams can handle the short player? Anyway, MO is a box striker, he needs service, as we’ve seen he can score from it 🙂 I dont agree on the high wage, like any of the so called ‘star’ players in the league…When are Lampard or Terry worth a £120k salary?? They are paid stupid money and undeserved imo.

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  • Ian

    Feb 15, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Tall and short outdated????

    You reckon Villa putting a tall striker on the pitch didnt change the match??? Cacapa was handling everything perfectly until they put Harewood on.

    Or putting Crouch on the end of Beckham’s crosses hasnt turned England matches???

    If possible a tall option is always a good idea with at least one striker in the line up.

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    Comment #19

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