Owen has never actually started a season with Newcastle United, in his three seasons at the club, due to his injury problems.
Michael Owen – first priority is Newcastle
Michael talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œWhen I was younger I started a season on a regular basis, but this has all changed since I came to Newcastle due mainly to a couple of freak accidents.â€
â€œThe first was when I broke my metatarsal at Spurs trying to score, and then when I damaged the cruciate ligaments in my right knee in the first minute of that World Cup match with Sweden.â€
â€œBut last season, while I had the odd problem or two, especially with my hernias, I felt that I played in the majority of games and I finished the season strongly.â€
â€œI also scored quite a few goals and this has given me a lot of belief. And as a result. if I can stay fit I know I will help myself to a few more goals in the coming season.â€
Owen started 28 games for Newcastle last season, and came on as a substitute in another 5, and also ended up as top goal scorer at the club, with 13 goals, for the very first time.
In his 3 seasons at the club Michael has appeared in a total of just 47 games, with 41 starts and just 20 goals.
But once Keegan came to Newcastle Owen enjoyed his most productive spell at Newcastle, and was not only captain, but played in almost every game and regularly scored goals.
But of course heâ€™s had terrible injuries since heâ€™s been at the club, mainly picked up while he’s been on England duty.
He still has a couple of aims in his England career, but is keen to point out his first priority is at Newcastle United.
â€œI feel that 100 caps and 50 goals are both gettable targets if I can stay injury-free and keep playing well for Newcastle United.â€
â€œSir Bobby Charlton is Englandâ€™s leading scorer with 49 goals, but 50 sounds better.â€
â€œBut I must stress that I want to play well first and foremost for my club. My main aim is to be successful with Newcastle and the bonus of international football comes after that.â€
â€œItâ€™s a great honor for me, like Alan Shearer, to have captained both Newcastle and England. But England have three good men in Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand and John Terry and plenty of other candidates.â€
The sooner we get Michael fit and playing the better, and the sooner we get him signed to that new contract, the betterÂ too.
That’s still dragging on a little.