Does Michael Owen Have Any Loyalty Towards Newcastle?

The way Joe Kinnear has been talking about the Newcastle captain these last couple of days, it would appear that Michael Owen is already half way out of the door at Newcastle.

Michael Owen – training with other departed star James Milner

Joe has said that Michael’s agent has received lots of enquiries about the Engl;and striker, which is hardly surprising, given that he’s still a top striker, as we all witnessed last week against Stoke City .

The state of the Newcastle club right now is hardly amenable to top players like Michael wanting to sign a new contract at the club, with things still so much up in the air on the ownership issue, and we can hardly blame him for wanting to talk to other clubs in January.  That’s his right.

It wouldn’t surprise us if a couple of the top four clubs have made an enquiry, with Chelsea and Arsenal being the most likely. Can you imagine how many goals he could score in  the Arsenal side, with all the chances they create?

Michael has only appeared 61 times in almost three and a half seasons at Newcastle, due to some terrible injuries, and he’s scored 28 goals.  We wonder if he thinks he has been value for money for Newcastle, at least so far?

There were rumors that Michael did think he still had a lot to pay back the club, in terms of performances, since he’s been out injured for so long these last few years. We understand the injuries are of course no fault of his own, these things happen, and it’s part of the game of football.

As we mentioned earlier this morning with wages and transfer fees, Newcastle will have paid around £40M for Michael (£17M transfer fee and say £110K/week contract) when his contract is up in the summer, and that amounts to around £1.4M for every goal he’s scored for the club, so far.

That’s hardly a good return for the club, although it was clear we were overpaying Real Madrid for Michael big time in August, 2005, just so that Liverpool wouldn’t sign him. Real Madrid had signed Michael from Liverpool for £8M the year before – so you get what we mean.

As we said, we wonder if Michael thinks he still has something to repay the Tyneside club.

We have to hope so.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 13, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #1

    i personally wouldnr blame him for leaving i just hope that if he does leave that is abroad

  • Davy C

    Dec 13, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #2

    I wonder how much truth there is in the story that we HAD to pay over the odds for MO after stitching Real up with Woodgate and his dodgy background as well as his dodgy legs!

    Owen came to Newcastle a world class player and started off with Alan Shearer as his strike partner with Newcastle looking to be ambitious and hopefully break back into the top 4 thereby attracting more top signings. His injuries have been followed by the whole club imploding and barely keeping above water. I don’t think Michael Owen will be looking at a move for the money, as he’s not short of a few bob, but will be looking at his career with only a few years left at the top with time running out for medals and caps. Unfortunately (and I hope I’m wrong) he’s not going to win anything or get his England place back whilst at NUFC.

    For these reasons alone I wouldn’t blame him for going. I would much rather he stays because he is still a world class striker. How much money would we have to spend to get a comparable replacement? More than a few quid.

    We’ll just have to wait and see.

  • wilko

    Dec 13, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope we can, just this one time, have something go right for us , which would be a massive boost for the club and the future, by Michael coming out and saying I want to sign this new contract offered to me by NUFC, and then scoring a hat trick in his next game wouldn’t that be a great Xmas pressie. Let’s hope. Come on MO , we need ya

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 13, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #4

    all you have to do is admit to yourselves that he saved us from relegation last season alone in goals – there is 60 million, so he has paid for himself, end of.
    i think the micheal owen has been an outstanding pro for us, we can not blame him for the injuries can we. some times, it was not helped when he was rushed back too soon and this made him break down again – even worse. in the last year though it would seem to me that he is over his bad ones and he is putting in a fair few games. ED try finding out how many games he has played for us in the last 12 months instead of taking into account from the begining. to my thinking, owen is back tto his full best and banging them in – right at the end of his contract. the man is a goal machine and no-one at our club comes close.
    so, yes, i think owen should leave our club, i love the little fella and he has been outstanding for our once great club. i for one will give him a great reception when he comes back to us next season with a real footy team.
    the sad thing is, i think he honestly wanted to stay before all this shit, he loved it here, ashley etc have done this to him and our shattered club, no question.

  • Dev

    Dec 13, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #5

    can’t believe the question should even be still asked. Michael Owen WILL leave, there isnt any loyality and if you were honest with yourselves we all knew that even when he was stood on a stage in the centre of SJP claiming to bring goals galore.

    He had one choice when leaving Madrid…and he took it rather than sit on the bench in Spain week in week out.

    Loyalty? Howay lads, move on.

  • simon376

    Dec 13, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #6

    I wouldn’t blame him for moving if he does, really hope he doesnt, but would you stay with the club the way it is?

    As has already been said, he kept us up last season, if we can hold on to him until the summer at least, his goals might just save us again and that would be worth more than what we could get for him

    Just hope the fans see sense and don’t turn on him, while he’s still here, he’s a Newcastle player

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 13, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #7

    It will probably depend on whether any other club will pay him the same wages. Which given his injury record is doubtfull, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he does re-sign for us.

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 13, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8

    billf…. what you have not picked up on yet is the fact that the ‘new’ newcastle will also not pay him the same money. thats a fact. that idiot kinnear has already said he will be offerered an excellent deal’ IN TODAYS CURRENT CLIMATE’. in other words bill, we will offer owen about 60 grand a week for a perenial relegation dog fight and to play for a club that is the laughing stock of the football world……… think he is going to stay, deams bill, just dreams. he is 100% going. good luck to him too.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 13, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    he should stay, but he wont. i for one will be pretty gutted when he goes but its inevitable.

  • wsq

    Dec 13, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #10

    i don’t expect it. let him have a good career.

  • Sav

    Dec 13, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Daft thread. Newcastle United don’t do loyalty anymore. He’s on his fifth manager since he arrived at this shambles of a club, we are fourth from bottom and the owner is going to invest as little as possible now so he can get out of here with as much money in his back pocket as possible, as fast as possible.
    it would take the kind of loyalty required of a suicide bomber to expect Michael Owen to sign on for another tour of the madhouse.

  • Danny

    Dec 13, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #12

    If MO leaves, i wouldn’t blame him, i would blame no one for leaving. Altho it would be very sad.
    He’s a good player and he deserve to play with the best of em and be up there with em as well. I can never fault MO for injuries and club problems. He’s a silent one, but he’s serious on what he means and always honest about his feelings while also protecting the club.

    He does what he can, score goals when he’s on. Who can say he’s not loyal?

  • Sav

    Dec 13, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Will he be kept on as captain?

  • Jacob

    Dec 13, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Michael Owen owes us NOTHING and I for one won’t be too upset with him if he leaves. What ambition have we shown since Ashley bought the club? What has he done for us apart from asset strip and lie to the supporters? Remember his promise to the corporate fans? – “We’re going to make a signing that will stun the world of football!” Well yes Mr Ashley, I was stunned by the signings of Nacho and xisco as well as the world class appointment of Joe Kinnear. I’m getting so sick of the bad news and constant disappointments since Ashley siezed power that I can’t even be bothered to get wound up by the whole situation; I’m sure I’m not alone in my increasingly apathetic stace – Will I watch the match tomorrow or go Christmas shopping? Mmmm -Metro Centre here I come!

  • ObaMartins

    Dec 13, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Why on earth should Michael Owen show any loyalty to this Newcastle Owner or Board ? Did they not try to sell him before the transfer window closed ,they have let his contract run down so he can leave for free, its well known Michael will be in Great demand as there is No Englishman who is a Natural like him, this Club heading towards the Championship>>>Thank Ashley, Joke Kinnear and the Board for this………………….And why choose this time to come out and say Michael wont be staying after stating the other Week he was 80% sure Michael would stay ???>>>>Good luck for the Future Michael.


    Dec 13, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #16

    we used to have Strikers getting 24/25 goals a season and the 2nd striker getting 18/22 and we are a long way off that,all the big clubs have goal scorers of that character and we have MO.
    If he stays and stayed fit he would be up there in the goals tally but can OBA do the same??
    VIDUKA certainly wont chip in with more than5 a season,Is that enough?NO,get rid

    We wont challenge for anything till this happens.
    Our midfield don`t chip in with goals either,Man Utd have 40 goals from Ronaldo alone,Carrick,Scholes,nani etc adding to that

    Chelsea have Ballack,Essien,lampard,deco etc
    all adding goals
    Liverpool have Gerrard,Alonso +++
    adding goals

    We are a long way off,we have probably 1 lousy Midfield goal this season

  • Charles Ma

    Dec 13, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Lets swoop Robbie Keane for Owen ?

  • seetow

    Dec 13, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #18

    ed i woudn’t call james milner a “star”. he’s an average kid on whom we made a healthy 7 mil profit on. end of story

  • TheGoldfishBowl

    Dec 13, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #19

    I dont rate Owen as a player or a man. I dont think he has a shred of loyalty to Newcastle or anyone else. Whenever hes asked if he wants to stay here, he seems to talk about nothing and skillfully avoid answering the question. Get rid of him, we need committed players who dont go missing for 89 mins.

    The most over-rated player in the Premiership, apart from Jermaine Jenas, of course…

  • Ericles

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #20

    Well said Goldfish Bowl. I think MO may perform better on Strictly Come Dancing the way he sidesteps any solid answers to questions!

  • autumn

    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #21

    I think he should leave because of him


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