Michael Owen Has Finally Arrived on Tyneside

There’s a reality that great players play great when the chips are down and the game is really important.


Michael Owen – stepped up big time yesterday

Step up Michael Owen, now captain of Newcastle, who ran all of 20 yards to get on the end of a perfect right wing cross from Geremi and head powerfully beyond Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon for a classic goal.

And that was after just 4 minutes yesterday.

It’s the type of goal that can be shown in training films of how to create something out of nothing as Geremi had the vision to put in a beautiful right wing cross and Michael got on the end of it brilliantly. It’ll not be the last time that players score from Geremi’s crosses, which seem to be getting better and better.

In our vote for man of the match 65% think Michael was our best player yesterday, and he added to his goal tally just before half time, when he dispatched a penalty past Gordon. It was hardly a good penalty in truth – but it was a goal.

Not only did Michael score the goals yesterday, but he played extremely well and seems to have found a new lease on life in his new role at the club as both captain and playing slightly behind Martins and Viduka up front. He still scores the goals, that’s for sure, with 8 goals in his last 11 games.

And don’t say he’s lost his quickness, there were a couple of times yesterday when he flashed past Sunderland players – and that was even noticed by the TV commentators.

There’s no doubt Michael has come good on Tyneside, ever since Kevin Keegan arrived.

Now all we have to do is sign him up for at least another 4 years – this week would be good to get those loose ends tied up.

Onward and upward.

15 comments so far

  • Benn..Geordie Down South

    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Get Owen And Martins Signed Up For 4/5 Years..

    Get Another

    LB – Nicky Shorey [Reading]

    RB – Someone Young That Can Learn From Beye

    RW/LW – Theo Walcott. — Played Against Him Before..

    CM/AMC – Jaou Moutinho.

  • Ausgeordie

    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Get him!!!

  • Callum

    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Walcott? Let me have some of what you’re smoking please 🙂

  • Benn..Geordie Down South

    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    haha why.. you think hes noot good enuff.. or wouldnt come.

  • hanzemre

    Apr 21, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #5

    we can dream of some better lads to sign for us as now they can see with our constantly better performances we’re on right way to push for Europe place next season.
    Walcott’d be nice addition. Arshavin too.

  • KKN39

    Apr 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #6

    think players to get depends heavily on which system, 433 or 442, we’ll play in next season. but Arshavin shld be the first name on the shopping list anyway whatever. have kept saying that since last Nov. Zarate will be our answer to Tevez. given Birm’s plight now a cheeky loan bid is all it takes. seems like Zog’s going. Duff’s legs like 35 yrs old now. so 5m for Boussoufa as a replacement / cover pls, even though i see him just a decent squad player at best. so 3 in and 3 out (Shola, Smith, Zog). if Carroll indeed finds Duke as his mentor our firepower just no match outside the Big4.

  • Neil Snowdon

    Apr 21, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Dear Ed,

    Owen has been a revelation in the playmaker role. I hope his coyness regarding a commitment to Newcastle is mere contract negotiations. My mate at work (a Liverpool fan) says the word in the pubs is that he is returning to Anfield. Nothing we can do but wait for Owen to realise he can lead us for years, have a regular place in the team and play a more involved role.



  • willowtoon

    Apr 21, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #8

    The similarities with King Kev and MO are incredible, Both were Liverpool legends who left to go oversea’s. Both came back and eventually captained Newcastle.

    I think MO is finally seeing just what could be at Newcastle and he will stay.

    Its a 2 edged sword. The better he plays the more press speculation about him going. The top 4 will look at him again and decide if they want to pursue him. The decision will be Michaels. If it is wages then NUFC can compete with anyone. If its Champs lge football then today we can not but tomorrow we can and Owen growing up when KK was last manager here so knows we will get champs lge in the next few years.

    I would love him to stay but only if he really wants to and puts in the shifts he has been doing in the last 10 games.

  • stjames

    Apr 21, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #9

    To tell the truth I’d all but written Owen off. So it’s a double pleasure to witness his revival in his new role as playmaker/striker. Notice how his composure and his overall body language has changed as well.

  • Ross

    Apr 21, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Theo Walcott would be a brilliant addition to the squad, but sadly, there is no way we’d get our hands on him, at all.
    he’s a young talent that arsenal spotted from a very young age, and he’s starting to get regular football in the first team, and is also starting to look really, really good.

  • Callum

    Apr 21, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Benn.. Arsenal wont let him go, not in a million years 🙂

  • Leo

    Apr 21, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #12

    as i said before dont go shouting for his head when he has a bit of a downer on form because that is likely to happen, he likes going on runs and scoring goals

  • mitch

    Apr 21, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Owen will lead us to the champions league in 2 seasons time Alex Ferguson knows a NUFC side on the up is a big threat he has admitted it before as we have the passion up here and when its like that players want to play How shitty and pathetic does M Carrick sound about I luv manure in the press plastic Geordie lets give him some stick next season like chops yesterday I think on our day the toon army can intimidate any one

  • Obafan

    Apr 21, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #14

    MO is really enjoying things at Tyneside. You can see it on the pitch, but also in the way he gives his interviews. I think he finally realises that a great future could be there at NUFC. And he wants to be part of that, I have no doubts about that.

    Fantastic how he came back after all the criticism got. If I’m not wrong it is not that long ago that most of the fans here were accusing him by getting fit for the England games.

  • Ian

    Apr 21, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Obafan, certainly I was one of them, he didnt speak out about his future at Newcastle only seemed interested in England, bit of a non personality etc, not playing often let alone scoring, not really a good example of a player of his calibre, now he seems to have knuckled down, he smiles-which I cant remember him ever doing much of that, he talks to the media about his feelings and the club and his future, and of course most of all he is scoring, he links well with Martins and is the only player who seems to pass at Martins tempo and he is the model captain. If he stays and captains here as he is, then he may even make a manager someday in the future as at long last his personality is coming out and he appears to be showing loyalty and pride, so important for a career beyond playing.
    Newcastle may end up being the making of Michael Owen, i bet he didnt think that when he first came here.


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