Kevin Keegan will again make Michael Owen the Newcastle United captain for the new season â€“ and that should come as no surprise to the Newcastle faithful.
Michael Owen – will remain captain of Newcastle
Certainly when Keegan first came back to the club in January, with not a particularly good relationship with Michael Owen when he was England manager, Kevin immediately said he wanted Michael as his captain.
Of course the gossip papers were all over their previous poor relationship at England, and were predicting Michael would leave the Newcastle club – and as usual it was a load of rubbish.
Making Michael captain seemed to work for the club in many different ways, not least of which was to gave Michael some real stake in the club, and he stepped forward to the responsibility very well indeed.
The very fact he is known throughout the world, and is also a first-class professional whoÂ takes nothing for granted, makes him a good leader for the Newcastle side.
Of course, we also have to assume that Michael’s Newcastle contract will be sorted out soon, but we think no news is good news on that score (excuse the pun).
Keegan said today:
â€œYes, Michael is my captain. He has really impressed everybody here.”
â€œHe leads by example and thatâ€™s a good way to lead.”
“Michael is not scared to give his opinion when heâ€™s right and heâ€™s not scared to say what he feels.”
â€œHe is a tremendous professional and trains properly every day.â€
Newcastle fans certainly began to get behind Michael last season, and his two goals in the first half against Sunderland at St. James’ Park, showed how good a player and captain he is, because that tied up the game for us.
And Michael still managed to be Newcastle’s top scorer with 13 goals last season, despite having an operation in Munich, Germany for his hernia.
He also had yet another absence, after picking up an injury playing for England, in a friendly match in Vienna.
However, the unfortunate news today is that it seems like Michael will not be ready for the Doncaster Rovers game this Saturday, although he hopes to be available for the tournament in Majorca a week today.
That’s one thing we have to be careful of this season, that Michael is able to play a lot of games for us, than he was able to play in the previous campaign.
The club somehow have to try to ensure that he’s really fit, and doesn’t get injured too much – that’s if we can do that, of course.
Next thing we are waiting to hear from Michael, on the official site, is that he has signed a new contract, to keep him at the club for another 3-4 years.
One step at a time.