Keegan today paid tribute again to the versatility of Newcastle and England striker Michael Owen.
Michael Owen – dropped back to stem the tide
Michael was initially deployed as part of the front three in our 4-3-3 formation, but Kevin asked him to drop back and play as part of a midfield four when Newcastle switched to 4-4-2 early in the game.
Owen was not prominent up front on Saturday he looked good and we saw how well he was linking the play from defense to attack for Newcastle and of course Oba Martins was a constant threat up front to West Ham.
Kevin talked to the Newcastle journal this morning:
â€œThe front three are always liable to score but when youâ€™re not playing well itâ€™s good to have players like Michael,â€ â€œI asked him to drop back in and play a 4-4-2 and he did because heâ€™d do anything for the team.”
â€œHe stopped the avalanche coming down our right because they were tearing us to bits down there.”
â€œHe did it, they lost some of their momentum. We got a goal out of nothing, were perhaps lucky to go in at half time at 2-2, but I donâ€™t think we were lucky to get a point.â€™â€™
As we’ve said before, Michael is a much better footballer than he’s given credit for. He links up beautifully from his deep position, and of course he can also score goals, which he has done for the team this season.
He now has 12 goals this season, to go with his 7 of previous seasons, but if he stays fit, he’s going to get a lot more goals next season, that’s for sure.