Michael Owen A Key Player at Newcastle

The Blackburn game on Saturday is turning out to be key game for the club this season and Michael Owen can be the key to all 3 points.


Michael Owen – captain is important player at the club

It’s a game we have a chance of winning, and we just have to go for all 3 points. One player that can help us do that is captain Michael Owen.

Keegan talked about Michael to Newcastle World TV today:

“Michael is very fit and very focused at the moment,” “We hope, and I’m confident that, the two goals he has scored for me so far are just a start.” “But, apart from the goals, what has pleased me the most is his work rate.”

“We have not really played well enough to provide him with the sort of ammunition he needs, but even though we have supplied him with very little, he has managed to turn decent balls into goals.”

“If we can improve that service and pick him out a little bit earlier, he will score goals.” “But the challenge is also there for the rest of the lads to get goals from elsewhere.”

The attitude this year of Michael, since he was handed the captaincy at the club, has been first class, and he has done his very best with what little service he has been given.

It seems also that the Newcastle fans have noticed that, and Michael has chimed in with a couple of good opportunist goals, and could have had even more, with a little luck and better refereeing.

But his play and goals show he still has that predatory instincts that if there’s a chance he’ll be in there, and more than likely put the ball in the net.

What we need on Saturday is a quick goal that will give the lads some confidence and get the crowd right behind the team. The target on Saturday just has to be 3 points and Owen is more than likely the player that can help us achieve that with a goal or two.

We need Michael to show his goal scoring form now more than ever, and we think he can rise to the occasion and get the job done for the team on Saturday.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • jeff

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #1

    As long as we get decent service to Owen then yes he will be very important to us…but if we create nowt he’ll not score will he…..Ed have you read the report in the mail saying Keegan growing sick already…………………I wish these southern reporters would sod off like to be honest……………Reports of Keegan not knowing about Hughton coming and the old story of wise coming and keegan knowing nowt bout that either…Yet Mort and Keegan have already said different on the matter………what is it with the press….they seem to think they know loads but probably actually know sod all!!!!!!

    Its annoying being a toon fan with all this crap press…

  • Mehzeb

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Owen could be a winner for us… only if the midfielders behind him put in a decent cross, or through-ball. You can’t score if you don’t have the ball.

  • hanzemre

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #3

    hope he has the key to unlock their defense on his own since our midfield are c**p. He needs some services.

  • Rich

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Owen is quality i dont care what anyone says, playing for Man utd, Arsenal he would be classed as the best in the league as hed be scoring for fun!

  • Outlaw

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #5

    We needed to build a team around him. Sadly I think he is finished! Now Martins is young and fresh – he should be our first choice striker. Get rid of Viduka in the summer.

  • stk

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #6

    go on owen, rally the boys like a proper captain and earn ur 100k this week, still a greedy chimp!

  • GP

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #7

    I think it would probably be better to play Martins actually, Martins has the pace to make his own chances and stretch defences.


    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #8

    i fancy us scoring a goal on saterday early on from a mistake by blackburn

  • arctoa

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Play both Owen and Martins and keep the ball on the ground and we’ll tear other teams to shreds. Of course, that requires us to have a midfield that can actually pass the ball to other Newcastle players and run in the right direction, which I think is a bit beyond the poor lambs at present.

    Take ’em into a field and shoot ’em.

  • Johann

    Feb 28, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Are you kidding me? Does owen need the perfect ball to score? Everyone would score from that. We don´t need Owen in our team. For us to pick up points we need to play Carrol and Viduka from top. Owen isn´t doing anything when we need him to.

  • jeff

    Feb 28, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Ive got to say everyone is entitled to his/her opinion but some of the comments are crazy…..Owen doesnt always need the perfect pass to score……his last two goals have been headers and damn good headers at that….Owen is and has been a world class striker all his career and doesnt need to prove that to anyone as his record speaks for itself…But being a striker he lives off service and if he isnt getting service he isnt going to score goals….What do people wnat from him?To get the ball off our keeper then beat the whole team before scoring wonder goals,get real!!!Martins can be quality but can also be so bloody frustrating,either not playing in a player or not controlling the ball which he does more than enough…Id love to see owen and martins in the same team and for it to work…..Viduka can be quality if he can be bothered!!!….And with reference to Owens wages 100 grand or what ever….Would you turn it down if you were offered it??? I doubt it very much…..Ok he is on silly money but is any player really worth the massive wages they are on? lampard 120.000+ I dont think anyone is ….But he was offered it and he took it so what….Just like most of you accepted your wage when you started working…if you do that is…

    Howay the lads,lets see passion commitment sweat & blood this weekend,we’ve had enough of seeing tears!!

  • P Collins

    Feb 28, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t think he could score in a brothel at the moment. I have always admired Michael Owens game but i think he worries about issues off the pitch more so than on it eg Race Horses etc let’s face it he’s goner get £100,000 plus a week whether he scores or not so why should he worry. We have already seen the best of owen in his Liverpool days i can’t see him being a 20 goal a season striker again, we should cut our losses on him and spend the transfer money on someone who cares about the Club not what’s running at Aintree this weekend

  • HonoraryGeordie

    Feb 28, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Michael Owen has never been a 20 goal a season striker! That isn’t an insult, he is an amazing player, but 20 goals still eludes him!

  • Hadrian

    Feb 28, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Get a first time cross in , and nine times out of ten i see owen on the end of them .
    it’s amazing how few first time crosses we put into the box tho , you see owen making his runs while our wingers are still farting around on the ball .

    get it in first time !!!!

  • ScottyT

    Feb 28, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #15

    yeah agree with this article he seems to be working a lot harder now keegan has arrived and for me hes always had the quality we just need to give him decent service. at villa he was our best player imo and for once not just cause of his goal.

    atm he is playing in a shite team with very little creativity whatsoever so obviously he isnt gonna get 20 goals but if we can improve the squad desperately in the summer then im sure he’ll get service and im sure he’ll get goals hes a great finisher no doubt.

  • Ian

    Feb 28, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #16

    If it doesnt work with Martins alongside, then we must face it, our £100k per week would buy a player who can put the ball in the net on a regular basis, we should stop hanging on to strikers who have lost it, let another team turn them round, Djibril Cisse could be attracted for that money, and he is consistently scoring, without this flaming supply that everyone keeps talking about, like Martins he picks up the ball takes it past players at lightening speed and scores, if Owen doesnt turn the corner he has to go, the last matches are for him to show us and the World he still has it.
    Let his goal tally speak for itself now, by being three or four goals ahead of the next striker and more goals per minutes on the pitch, that is all that counts or alternatively setting up someone elses goals which is just as valuable.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 28, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Cisse is poor

  • geordie nick

    Feb 28, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #18

    why doesnt michael owen try to drop the shoulder and beat defenders anymore, fair enough hes lost half a yard of pace but i bet hes still quicker than most cb’s in prem and i believer he cud make his own chances a lot more if hed try to beat ppl instd of just sayin if you get the ball in the right place hell be there to score

  • ScottyT

    Feb 28, 2008 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #19

    nick thats a good point would like to see more of our players just have a go at defenses cos really there is only zog oba and maybe milner who do that. owen seems to be coming deeper a lot of the time now and then laying a teamate off so maybe he should try and take a defender on for a change would be nice to see

  • Ian

    Feb 29, 2008 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #20

    Tom-Toon you couldnt have looked at his scoring record per game, it is similar to Shearers.
    Why do you think Manchester City want him?

  • Ian

    Feb 29, 2008 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #21

    G-Nick I agree that is what I would like to see from him again, he was brilliant when he used to do that, or a shot from a decent way out, just a little variation so the defense arent marking a predictable player.
    I wish he could get back closer to the player he used to be, but he takes a huge part of the budget and if he cant..

  • Ian

    Feb 29, 2008 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #22

    Djibril Cisse made 42 premiership appearances 36 of those where off the bench and still maintained a 1 goal in 3 games tally!
    That is a hell of a hit rate, he is cheap £4m-£6m and would be a good replacement for Ameobi, if Viduka leaves then another striker could be brought in. He wants to be back in the premiership and wants to rebuild his career as a top World striker again, not another bum looking for a final pay day.


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