Our own Alan Shearer, the former Newcastle and England great, has always had great belief in Michael Owen’s ability as a goalscorer.
Michael Owen – supreme natural goal scorer
Alan talked to the Newcastle Journal today:
“Michael’s goal-scoring record speaks for itself. If you give him chances he will score goals. His performance against Wigan probably sums Michael up.”
“He was on the pitch for ten minutes but he missed a sitter, had a chance saved and then scored.”
“He is not frightened of missing chances whereas other strikers miss a chance and you will see them shrivel up.”
And before Michael came on in that game, Newcastle had had very few opportunities to score, but that’s Michael’s predatory instincts in full view, for everybody to see. Michael will always be scoring goals, and he’ll always be missing chances – because that’s the nature of being a top striker – just like Alan.
But Michael Owen has surprisingly been overlooked by Fabio Capello for the England squad, but that’s probably because Michael’s hardly been fit at all since the summer. following his mumps.
Fabio is very clear that he only picks players for the England squad who are 100% fit and playing at top level for their club sides. Not a bad strategy and it certainly seems to be working, judging by England’s great recent performances.
“It is a difficult one at the moment but if it was up to me he would be in my squad.”
“But you can’t say anything against the England manager because most of the results he has had have been fabulous and long may that continue.”
“But I don’t think Michael Owen’s international career is over by any stretch of the imagination.”
Once Michael get back on track for Newcastle, he will get his chance for England again, no doubt about that, he’s just too natural a goalscorer to be left out by a manager as savvy as Fabio Capello.
But Michael has had a terrible injury record at Newcastle and in over three seasons at the club he has still appeared just 59 times (48 starts) with 26 goals.
That record is still surprisingly close to Alan’s Newcastle record of one goal for every two games, (206 goals in 404 appearances) given the stop-start nature of Michael’s time on Tyneside.
But the fact is that Michael has simply not played enough games for the side, and therefore has not yet scored the number of goals fans expected.
There’s still time however, as we expect Michael him to sign a new contract for the club before the end of the year, and we’re sure his friend Shearer is pestering him right now to sign – good for you Alan.
As we reported yesterday Michael can help the Newcastle club at this time big time, by signing his new contract, and showing other players Newcastle is still a great club to play for, and just going through some difficulties right now.