Michael Owen Proved What A Great Striker He Is

Joe Kinnear, in his press conference yesterday, said that he sees Michael Owen score goals like the two he scored last Saturday, every day on the training pitch.

Michael Owen – impressive every day in training

And that’s probably one reason why Joe has seemed so positive about Michael’s value to the club, since he took over the massive job of managing Newcastle United.

Owen will again be partnered up front by the energetic Obafemi Martins, with Mark Viduka again set for a place on the bench as the Australian International works his way back to full fitness.

Joe talked about Michael to the Shields Gazette today:

“Like all of us, he’s looking forward to Portsmouth and picking up a good result,”  “Michael was fantastic for us again when we played Stoke. He popped up and scored two goals, and proved his quality again.”

“He got an awful lot of grief after Middlesbrough and I was disappointed by it, but he has once again proved what a great striker he is, and I expect he’ll keep on doing it.

“We’ve got Michael Owen and Oba Martins as our two fully-fit strikers, whereas Mark Viduka has only made a couple of appearances as sub. He is not yet at his sharpest, but we’ve got offensive players.”

We do have some quality players in the team, there’s no doubt about that, but we need all of them to play well together. We need the opportunist goals we saw last Saturday, but we also need to see solid and consistent defending.

The two goals we conceded last Saturday were both poor, with Fabricio Coloccini being culpable for the first goal, and the way we defended the free kick that led to Stoke’s second goal was little better than you see from schoolboys. In fact it was a lot worse than that.

Consistency and resilience are what we need to see every week from the lads, and then we can pick up those wins we so desperately need.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • wayneo009

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Now all he has to do is prove what a great person he is …………

  • Whumpie

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Stating the obvious a bit there, Ed!

  • chuck

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah sure, anyone figure his price per goal.

  • ronaldeano

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Yeh good striker, i wonder who he will be playing for next season 🙁

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #5

    He is NOT a great striker…

    but he is a great finisher.

  • ronaldeano

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #6


    he is one of the best strikers in the world atm. His syle of play as a goal poacher is world class, a Van Nistelrooy type striker, and im sick that its looking likely he will leave 🙁

  • JJ

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Great goal poacher, but I certainly wouldnt say he is a world class striker.
    Someone like Drogba scores far less but I know who I’d rather have in my team.
    I dont think he’ll be as bigger loss as everyone thinks…
    I still think Oba and Viduka up front are our best pairing… although all three was great.

  • Piers

    Dec 12, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree with Tom Toon- in a great team with creative midfielders that can feed him the ball, Michael Owen is a great striker. He can’t create though, he can only finish! He’s not like Obafemi who can change the game with one play. With Michael you need someone like Jonas or anyone who can feed him the ball inside the box.


    Dec 12, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #9

    If we can get the FA to allow VIDUKA to sit in a wheelchair when he plays he might actually keep up with the play and touch the ball,
    Pure Aussie Crap-sorry to the aussie readers but he is a long way past it.
    Let Ranger take his place on the bench i say

  • brutooooon

    Dec 13, 2008 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #10

    i can imagine owen play with:

    Chelsea – Drogba-Owen Partnership

    Arsenal-Adebayor-Owen Partnership

    Liverpool-Torres-Owen Partnership


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