Interim Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has likened Michael Owen to the ormer great English goalscorer Jimmy Greaves.
Michael Owen – likened to the great Jimmy Greaves
The first time we saw Jimmy Greaves was when a very young Chelsea side visited St. James Park – think it was around October, 1960, and they tore us apart – I think 6-0 – and 20 year old Greaves got four. Chlesea wore blue of course and shiny satin white pants.
19 year old Peter Bonnetti was in goal, and a certain Terry Venables, then 17 was in midfield. Any other old timers at that game? 😀
Greaves was sublime, and the thing that was said about him, was that in the penalty area, when chances came, he actually got cooler and more composed, and he could certainly could slot the ball home.
Of course that was the season we were relegated when Charlie Mitten was manager and my first season as an amateur at the club, when I was 15, and it was also Bobby Moncur and David Craig’s first season, and they were the same age. So it was little bit more painful, although in 1962 Newcastle won the FA Youth Cup with Moncur and Craig in the side.
Greaves of course moved to Tottenham in 1961, when he was 21, and is Tottenham’s club record goalscorer, having scored a fantastic 266 goals in 379 games. But also realize that when he was at Chelsea, until he was just 21 years old, he played 157 games and scored 124 goals for The Blues. Incredible.
Our own Michael Owen is on Sunday looking to score for a fourth consecutive game, and surely he’ll make the England side for the World Cup games coming up. The 28-year-old has scored five goals there on his last four visits with Newcastle United and Liverpool.
Joe Kinnear played alongside Greaves at White Hart Lane for five seasons – and thinks that Michael Owen has few equals in the modern game.
Kinnear talked about the comparison between Owen and Greaves:
“Michael can have a serious impact – everything about him is quality, from his demeanor to his approach to the game.” “We know he’s one of the best finishers. I played with somebody like Michael in my time, and that was Jimmy Greaves.”
“He’s sharp, has a very quick brain, sees the opportunity and reads the game well. He’s exactly what Jimmy Greaves was all about.” “It’s nice to have somebody of such importance in the dressing room, and this week Michael’s been a great help around the ground.”
“Damien Duff’s a great player and an Irish international, and there’s Nicky Butt as well.” “These players have wonderful technique, and they approach the game in a professional way. I like that in a player.”
Micheal is a natural goalscorer, and he”ll never lose that, as he has been proving this year since Keegan arrived back at Newcastle, and one reason we want him to stay at the club. We believe that if the SA consortium buys Newcastle, and then brings Keegan back, Michael will sign an extended contract for our club – hope so anyway.
In around 55 appearances for Newcastle he’s scored 25 goals, and given the last 3 years of injury and stop start appearances, that’s really good. It shows you how good he really is and just imagine how many he would have scored in say 150 appearances over these last 3 seasons.
That’s of course what we were all hoping for, when he signed from Real Madrid, but hey – maybe the next 3 seasons.