After Michael’s winning goal on Saturday, it seems to us he made a great return to the side, after being laid up in the summer with injury and sickness.
Michael Owen – great start to season
Michael talked this morning of his injury and sickness over the summer:
“I wouldn’t be out here if I wasn’t 100%, but like anything you can’t have the illness that I’ve had and then just go and train and then after two minutes go and play straight away.”
“You need to almost harden your body. Like last season when the manager took over I played all 20 games under his reign and there wasn’t even an ounce of a problem because your body gets hardened to playing.”
“When I’ve always struggled it’s when I’ve been stop-start. The first 10 training sessions and the first two or three games after I’ve got injured are very important to me and as long as I can get through the next couple of weeks, the next couple of games, then I’m off and away.”
“I couldn’t have wished for a better comeback match. We would have liked to have played better, but to have got the win on my return was obviously nice and to come through the game fully confident and knowing I can play without feeling anything was really important given the summer I’ve had.”
Owen and his representatives are still in talks over Michael’s new contract, which will see him stay another 3 years, so he will be signed up until the summer of 2012, when he’ll be 32 years old.
The news today is there is still some shifting to be done from both sides, but we cannot believe the club or Michael would allow this to have Michael leave the club. He’s too good for Newcastle’s future for that to happen.
The Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning that Michael’s basic wage is believed to be the main point of issue. Kevin Keegan is being diplomatic on both sides as he said:
“We do all want him to stay, all of us, but we’ve got to reach the point where we’ve got an agreement and that’s got to be right for both parties.”
“I know he wants to stay, I know he likes it here, I mean really likes it here.”
“It will run its course, but I think we’re pretty close. I’ll find out on Wednesday, but I don’t think he’s done his cause any harm, because he’s scored a goal.”
Let’s hope we can get 4 things achieved this week – get Michael signed up and bring 3 top players into the club.
But time seems to be running out if we are to get this particular job done.