Michael Owen again showed his quality yesterday by getting the all important first goal with a nice finish from another wonderful through ball by Argentine Jonas Gutierrez.
Michael Owen – after scoring Newcastle’s vital first goal yesterday
It looks like this week is contract signing week at Newcastle United and we expect Nicky Butt, Steve Harper and Shola Ameobi to sign new contracts at the club.
Of course the big one is with Michael Owen, and we understand that meeting will take place with Michael and his agents tomorrow, at which Newcastle’s new contract offer will be made known to him.
Whether he will accept the bid or wait until January to see what else comes up, we have no idea, but we’d like him to commit himself to the Tyneside club.
We’re running a new poll on our home page asking whether you think he will sign a new contract for Newcastle. Notice it’s not what you want him to do, but what you think he will do. While you’re in the poll corner make sure you let us have your votes on the other active polls – thanks.
There’s also a new petition being launched to try to keep Michael at the club, so if you want to sign it here it is.
Other players’ contracts that run out in the summer are those of Claudio Cacapa, David Edgar and Mark Viduka, and we don’t expect Newcastle to offer new contracts to the first two.
It’s also probably a toss up whether they will offer an extension to Mark Viduka, simply because of all his injuries, over the last 18 months, while he’s been at Newcastle.
If Steve Harper signs, as expected, we would expect Tim Krul to want to move on from the club, maybe in January, to get better first team opportunities elsewhere.
Shay Given has a good 5 years left at the top level, as does Steve Harper. We think Joe could get £2M for the youngster in January.
Finally, some disappointing news today in that we have been disqualified from the SoccerLens awards , due to some of our readers voting more than once.
A reader let me know about this a couple of weeks back and I let Ahmed Bilal know at SoccerLens immediately.
Today he announced the results and although we had most votes in the Best Blog Community, we were disqualified because of some illegal voting .
Well you never get anything good by cheating so let’s not do that next year.
Upward and onward.