Peter Beardsley thinks that Michael Owen has finally won Newcastle fans over.
Michael Owen – finally won Newcastle fans over?
Beardsley talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œMichael is wearing No 10 â€“ but he can be as popular as a No 9.â€ â€œHe is just a fantastic player and I am pleased for him.â€
â€œHe has never changed his outlook on the game â€“ what you see is what you get.â€ â€œHe is very much his own man, and that is fine.â€
â€œWhen the goals do not go in and the football is not working around you, which it wasnâ€™t under Sam Allardyce, people say he does not look like he cares.â€
â€œWhen he scores a few goals everybody realizes what a good player he is.â€
Owen looked very good when Kevin started to play him in the role just behind Mark Viduka and Oba Martins in a 4-3-3 formation.
Apparently he had been doing that in training and Kevin was quick to use Michael’s vision. Owen looked a very good footballer in that position, as he was able to sweep the ball around as a midfielder.
And he still managed to score goals, even though he was withdrawn and not always on the last defender.
â€œHe has scored and made goals, and when you look at the role he is playing in now he has played in it really well.â€
â€œMichael looks comfortable behind the front two and he has done very, very well.â€
Beardsley believes that Owenâ€™s recent good form has won the Newcastle fans over, and since he was appointed captain by Keegan, he has done the job very well indeed.
We think it has given Michael the responsibility he needed to become a more integral part of the team.
And of course his great game against local rivals Sunderland, where he looked one of the big differences between the two sides, really has the fans taking to the player.
â€œMichael has proved something to the fans. A few months ago, I think some would have been happy for Michael to go.â€
â€œNow they are not thinking like that â€“ which is right. They should never have wanted him to go because he is different class.â€
â€œHis ability is there and he thinks quicker than anybody else.â€
â€œI donâ€™t think anybody else could have scored Michaelâ€™s first goal against Sunderland.â€
â€œHe just knew what he was going to do. He went in on the blind side and you just cannot teach that.â€
â€œAlan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Andy Cole all had it too.â€
Now all we have to do is to make sure Michael is still with us come August.
Even though Kevin Keegan has continually questioned the club as to why we are not moving quickly to keep Michael at the club with an extended contract, there is still no apparent progress being made on Owen’s contract.
That’s still worrying to us, as we have no idea whether he is willing to take a reported cut in his wages.
The fact that we now know that Chairman Chris Mort is leaving the club, also hasn’t helped things at all.