It looks like Michael Owen is finally on the mend and will be available for the crucial game against Hull City a week tomorrow, but we’re not sure whether he will start that game, because he will be short on match fitness.
Michael Owen – back to fitness – thank goodness
In fact the up front combination of Lovenkrands and Martins looked very good on Wednesday night, with both players showing good mobility, and of course Peter Lovenkrands also has an eye for goal, as he showed when he slotted home in the twinkle of an eye when Edwin van der Sar only blocked the shot from Gutierrez.
Michael Owen is preparing himself for the Hull City game, which he has labeled a “Cup Final” – for obvious reasons, as indeed all our ten remaining games will be in the league.
It’s do or die time at Newcastle United.
The Newcastle captain, missing since injuring his ankle at Man City in January, is set to make his comeback in next weekend’s relegation six-pointer at Hull City.
And the 29-year-old believes that the outcome of matches against fellow-strugglers such as Hull, Stoke, Portsmouth and Middlesbrough is ultimately what will determine whether Newcastle survive this season, as he told the Newcastle official site:
“The game at Hull City on Saturday week is at the moment shaping up to be our Cup Final – and the other games against teams around us, Stoke City, Portsmouth and Middlesbrough, could also be crucial,”
“We’ve got some tough games coming up, yes, but we’ve also got some very winnable games – games which, if we do win them, will put our biggest rivals in trouble.”
It was Michael Owen’s goals during last year’s run-in which went a long way to preserving our Premier League status, and we think if Michael can save Newcastle again, he may well stay at the club after the summer.
Of course if we are relegated that will be time on Michael’s career at Newcastle, whether he wants to stay ort not, becasue the club will just not be able to afford his very high wages. And he would be unlikely to reclaim his England place for the World Cup next summer in South Africa, by playing in the Championship.
But the former England striker has called on his team-mates to produce a repeat of that late-season form of last year:
“There’s no denying that we’re in the middle of the relegation scrap, but myself and the lads have no doubt in our minds that we have enough quality to pull clear,” he added.
“However, this is now the time when we have to stand up and be counted – just like we did last year, when we put together a very good seven-match unbeaten run.
“That sort of sequence is well within our capabilities, and while we have some tough home fixtures in a row, which started against Manchester United and continues with Arsenal and Chelsea.”
“It is the other games against teams around us that are going to be most significant.”
Michael has been out injured so it’s been a bit difficult for him to comment too much about what’s been happening at the club, with our rather poor results over the last 10 games – with a mere 6 points.
But now he’s back in the saddle, we’d like Michael to speak up more and show his leadership, to help the less experienced lads through this.
Of course scoring goals is what he does best, and we just hope Michael can stay fit through all 10 games remaining.