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.