Keegan Instincts On Owen Proven Right


Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan says that star striker and Newcastle captain Michael Owen is relishing his deeper position as the club starts to pull away from the relegation zone.

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Kevin Keegan to Owen – thanks son 😀

Certainly since he came back to Newcastle for a third time, Keegan’s instincts seem to have been proven dead right. He quickly identified Owen as his main man, and made him captain.

In response Michael has now scored 5 crucial goals for Newcastle since Keegan’s new stint as manager at Newcastle, and has started to play so well for the club in a deeper lying role.

Keegan has asked the England striker to drop back into midfield when Newcastle lose possession and Michael seems to have taken to that role like a duck to water.

Kevin said today:

“It is his position at Newcastle for the time being,”

“I said, ‘this is the position you have to play in this football club because that is where you are most use for us’ – and he said ‘that’s fine’.”

“He never came up to me and said ‘I’m a forward’. I think he’s enjoyed it.”

And Keegan has fully backed Michael Owen to force his way back into England boss Fabio Capello’s thinking for the future:

“I think when the big games come Michael Owen will play.”

“Fabio Capello needs asking why he hasn’t played Michael because only he knows the answer.”

We’ll have to see who Kevin brings in during the summer. But there’s no doubt that Michael Owen has come through big time at Newcastle, since Kevin Keegan arrived and is really starting to prove his value and earn his wages.

It looks like Kevin has already decided the squad he inherited is small but has quality, and he will look to ensure that certain players are kept at the club – like Michael Owen and Steven Taylor. So we expect a lot of contract talks in the summer to keep a high percentage of our current squad at the club.

Add to that 3-4 top players, and we’ll be set to have a much improved season next season.

No wonder Mike Ashley was smiling like a chesire cat after the game yesterday – he must feel we’re finally on our way.

We think Mike’s right. 😀

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • Leo

    Mar 31, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    cappello needs asking why he isnt playing owen and defoe…

    owen instincts… go hand in hand really atm

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  • King Kev-4-3-3

    Mar 31, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    ed- good point there with lots of contract negotiations, getting owen, martins and tayls to sign new contracts will be 3 of the biggest bits of business we do, and yes taylor is worth 45 thousand a week, owen is worth his 107, and martins would be worth 90, the bloke can be better than TIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOO!!!

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  • african-kenyan-ronniezog

    Mar 31, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    i think he’s should play there for life,and geordies have started to forgive him.

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  • Davies

    Mar 31, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s been hampered with injury and bad form upon his return from them for almost the duration of his time at Newcastle, but everybody knows what Michael Owen is capable of. You have to wonder why people are surprised that he’s scoring again.

    He is an asset, and a level headed captain. I hope he stays with us for many seasons to come.

    A word to the wise though, Keegan better get him re-signed pronto, as Ramos has been giving him the once over in recent weeks…..

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 31, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    I still think we need 7 players if we really are to compete with the best over the next few seasons.

    ————————–Given/Harper———————

    Beye/Ramage—Faye/Taylor—Olsson/Dawson—Bridge/Enrique

    Lennon/Milner—Carrick/Butt—Emre/Barton—Reyes/N’Zogbia

    ———–Owen/Martins———Viduka/Fabiano——–

    They are the players we are linked with the most, So i assume that is Keegans real list of targets, Not sure on Dawson or Reyes but i will back them if they come. That is a everyone rotatable in a 442 but we would still have the players to play 433 as well.

    Out i hope will go Carr, Smith, Cacapa, Rozenhal, Ameobi, Duff and i am risking the wrath here but Geremi would still be sold as i still cannot see a role for him next season despite his recent good form, Send the youngsters out on loans.

    And bring in Beardsley and Srnicek and get rid of Paul Barron who i read somewhere may be leaving as Goalkeeping coach as may Steve Round.

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 31, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #6

    I bet Ramos wouldnt giving Owen the once over the Camp looking, frog like, Over rated little Messiah wannabe

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  • joe

    Mar 31, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #7

    This was the role Kev wanted owen to play when during euro 2002. Owen spat his dummy remember? Thankfully he’s much more matured now.

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 31, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #8

    If players wish to leave or new potential signings don’t want to join the KK dream then sod them!

    KK will form a fine attacking and entertaining team of players that want to play for him. The team has already shown huge improvements over a couple of months so it’s going to be fun over the summer with people coming and going.

    Oba I think is one of those that’d want to stay and play under KK, Owen too tbh so if they are playing and enjoying the game why would they want to leave.

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  • il capitano

    Mar 31, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #9

    What a wonderful game by the mighty magpies! I love the way they play now, Keegan is truly a(Our) King!

    Please Michael Owen, stay in Newcastle! We can be able to win trophies the next couple of years if Ashley pays what Keegan need to buy some new stars, and maybe more important: Continue his work with the boys we have here, a lot of quality! and for gods sake Capello, play with MO. He is one of the best players in England, no doubt about that.

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 31, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #10

    good point, joe – hadn’t thought of that. Funny how it turns out, eh.

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  • Reb

    Mar 31, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Joe — you mean Euro 2000? Yes, it’s a good thing but perhaps not surprising that Owen is able to adapt better, and more readily, at 28 than he was at 19 and 20. Aren’t we all a bit more mature by 28?

    That’s the shocking thing with Owen, for me. He’s 28, he’s already been world-famous for 10 years. He’s a legend already, and he’s still got probably a half-dozen or more years left in football.

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  • Tripp

    Mar 31, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #12

    I think Owen will stay. The wages are, uh, ample, and he’s the BMOP here. Somewhere else who knows. I think he feels he’s got something to prove and wearing the arm band is helping tremendously with that. Putting him in a CAM role was brilliant, really. His work rate has been tremendous, so he’s able to help out the rest of the midfield when we’re not in possession. Then he runs his wee arse up the pitch to score a goal. It’s beautiful.

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