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.
Kevin Keegan to Owen – thanks son 😀
Certainly since he came back to Newcastle for a third time, Keeganâ€™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 Keeganâ€™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’.â€
“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.â€
“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?