Today is a key day for Joe Kinnear and the Newcastle fans, as Joe will meet with Owen and his representatives to discuss the new contract offer, Newcastle have put on the table to their captain.
Michael Owen - we think he’ll sign new contract at Newcastle
It’s unlikely to be as lucrative as the last one, which was for four years and generally though to be around the £110K/week mark.
It’s hard to read Michael, and quite honestly it wouldn’t surprise us too much, if he came out before the end of the week and said he was staying on Tyneside.
One reason is that he’s always seemed happy here, even though we’ve gone through so much upheaval since he came here in 2005.
Michael talked to the Shields Gazette about the Newcastle side:
“We are looking up and have moved up a few positions.
“Like most teams, we have a few games over Christmas. This is the best time to gain a bit of confidence.
“If we can keep that run going we will be clear of relegation over Christmas and wondering what all the fuss was about.”
Owen joined Newcastle for a staggering £17M from Real Madrid in August 2005, when we were spending money we didn’t have.
And Owen had a fairly quiet game on Sunday, but he still managed to score the all important first goal, and picked out Shola Ameobi from midfield beautifully to set up Newcastle 3rd goal right at the end. Who said Michael can’t pass the ball?
So his contribution was there for all to see on Sunday, and he works a lot harder for the team than he used to, and also Martins and Owen looked much sharper than the much ballyhooed pair of Crouch and Defoe.
Owen, however, was typically diplomatic when he was asked about the Portsmouth pair, and said:
“Defoe and Crouch is a good partnership. They are both international players and they are the classic little and large partnership.
“Myself and Oba (Martins] have played a lot of international games as well, though.”
“There was plenty on show at Portsmouth, but thankfully it was us who ran out with the three goals.”
Oba was full of energy, even though there were one or two times he got frustrated with himself, which happens with Oba, because he is so keen to do well.
But the two up front looked good on Sunday, in fact the whole side looked better than good, as they worked for each other unceasingly, throughout the game, and got their just reward.