It looks like Kevin Keegan is getting concerned that contract talks with his key player Michael Owen have not yet started.
Michael Owen – no talks have yet started with the Newcastle captain
Kevin talked to the People today about the situation with Michael:
”He has every right to be free at the end of next season and go anywhere he wants,” ”That’s why I said eight weeks ago we should tie him up.â€”If we don’t, and we lose him, then what can I say? It shouldn’t happen and it probably won’t happen. But it could.â€
â€œHe’s not knocking the door down saying what’s happening and I’m not pushing things either. I said what I said and I think Michael knows how I feel.â€
”In a playing sense, he’s been asked different questions and the answers he’s coming up with are world class.â€ “In the position he’s playing in for us, nobody in the world could do a better job.â€
”He’s linking us up and scoring goals. Instead of having one player up front we’ve got two. It’s like we’re playing with 12 men sometimes.” Owen’s return to fitness and form after a Toon career previously dogged by injury has caught the eye of all the big four clubs.”
There’s one thing very clear about Kevin Keegan since he rejoined Newcastle United, and that is he thinks (knows) that Michael Owen is world class.
He is so anxious for Newcastle to tie up the England star, and we think his concerns are not real. But there again, we should be ensuring Michael stays at the club now, since there’s no good reason to wait, now that relegation is no longer a possibility.
We should start the contract talks now, before some team expresses an interest in Michael.
So we think Kevin is right that we should be talking to Michael about staying at Newcastle, and tie Michael up as soon as possible.
He’s earned that by the way he has assumed responsibility since Keegan arrived at the club, not to mention the great goals he’s scored for the team.
Come on Chris, let’s get those talking started – and completed asap.