Newcastle fans are now seeing why Michael Owen is so revered in England because of his goal scoring powers.
Michael Owen – great player when fit
Itâ€™s clear that a fit Michael Owen is worth a mint to any club, and if Newcastle can continued to keep him fit we have a match winner in Michael.
Michael is said to be taking special measures to ensure that his fitness and conditioning remains high to help prevent any repeat of the frustrations he had earlier in his time at Newcastle.
That will be very important that he continued this to ensure he keeps fir and available for the club. Michaelâ€™s appearances and goals over the last 3 seasons look like this:
Season Starts Subs Goals 2007-2008 25 5 12 2006-2007 3 0 0 2005-2005 10 1 7
So in 44 total appearances for Newcastle Michael has scored 19 goals. Obviously following the World Cup disaster in June, 2006, Michael was out for almost the whole of the following season, and appeared in just 3 games near the end.
Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper talked to day about Michaelâ€™s injury problems:
â€œIt hasnâ€™t been Michaelâ€™s fault that heâ€™s been injured. I was watching the England game when he shattered his knee and when he broke his foot at Tottenham and you canâ€™t hold it against someone when theyâ€™re unlucky with injuries,â€
â€œWe had a physio, John Green, who came in and worked with him one-to-one and Michael was out there all day, every day and he still does private sessions to keep his fitness up. Heâ€™s proved that when heâ€™s been given an injury-free run what a class act he is.â€
â€œHis commitment has never been in doubt. When he was injured he worked his socks off and people donâ€™t see what goes on behind the scenes. He requested a one-to-one physio, so he could get back as fast as possible.â€
â€œPeople donâ€™t see that maybe, but heâ€™s proved on the pitch that heâ€™s a leader and away from the pitch heâ€™s proved the same and we must keep hold of him and Iâ€™m sure we will.â€
â€œMichael is still a young man, only 28, itâ€™s just that heâ€™s been around for along time and whoâ€™s to say Michaelâ€™s best years arenâ€™t ahead of him?”
Steve’s right to say that Michael is still young at 28 years old, and don’t believe the stories about him loosing his pace. He looked very very sharp on Sunday and whizzed past Sunderland defenders a couple of times like greased lightning.
Whereas Michael, because of his injuries, has not really earned his wages these last 3 years, he is now showing what a fit Michael Owen can do for Newcastle, and it looks very good to us. Keegan and Owen could be a dynamite pairing – it’s certainly looked that way these last 6 games.
Sign him up Chris!