Michael Owen was interviewed on nufcTV yesterday, and he says he is looking forward again to playing with 20 year-old Andy Carroll up front.
Michael Owen – captain appreciative of fans’ support
Michael told nufcTV yesterday:
“I appreciate the reception I have had from fans. They are a big part of this club, more so than any other and all the lads are indebted to them for showing their support.”
“Me more than anyone, right from the start, when I first signed.”“Despite some troubled times, it has been good since. Fantastic to get their backing, I think they realize I have not said I want to go.”
“I will fight for the cause, just like I did last season when we had a bit of a battle at the bottom.”
“I have been sick of the constant speculation since I got here. I am quite pleased because the announcement has stopped some of it. In that respect it seems to have done the trick.”
There is a news story in the Daily Express this morning that Man City have a verbal agreement with Michael, that he will join them in the summer, but we don’t know how true that story is, probably not very – hopefully not very true.
Owen will be partnered again today, against West Ham, by 20 year-old 6’4″ Andy Carroll up front, because of injuries to our other strikers Shola Ameobi, Obafemi Martins and Mark Viduka, the youngster is being given his chance.
The Newcastle captain will be helping the youngster through a difficult test in the next couple of games, but Andy has good raw skill and a big physical presence up front, and we think he can give the West Ham defense all they can handle this afternoon.
The 20-year-old has provided plenty of amusement on the training ground this week with a new braided hairstyle, but Owen knows he has more serious things to worry about this afternoon.
“He’s good. If you are going to use the phrase rough diamond, it probably suits him. He is fantastic at certain aspects and needs to brush up on certain aspects. But he knows that and the coaches know that.”
“Everone will try to help him improve his game. Certain parts, you think he has a real future and then certain parts let him down. If he can brush up in those areas, then great.”
“He was a handful away at Hull and is a handful for any defender. At home it is a different matter because you get more of the ball.”
“Everyone knows his hold up play and link play need improving and at home, that is where that part of the game gets tested. I will try to help him along the way.”
And Michael laughed at Andy’s new haircut, and said he was having one himself yesterday, but nothing like the braided haircut Andy had on his 20th birthday.
“I said to him I would refuse to play with him if we are selected together for Saturday’s game, it’s pretty dammed poor” 😀
Th haircut has brought some light relief this week with the players in training, and Michael said he will get his haircut (he said it will be an ordinary one) – so look out today for the hairstyles of both our attacking pair up front, but much more important than that – let’s hope they bang in a few goals.
Howay The Lads!!