It looks like Michael Owen will return for our crucial game at Hull City on Saturday, where a win would go a long way to launching a Newcastle survival run for this season.
Michael Owen – back for Hull game on Saturday
And Chris Hughton has today talked to the Newcastle Journal today about Owen:
“What you want, particularly at a time like now when we know we’re going into the last phase of the season, you want as many of your big players around the squad as possible and Michael is certainly one of those.”
“As our captain, Michael is arguably the biggest of the lot of them. His presence around the squad is always a plus, but to actually have him available to play really is a boost for us going into the Hull game.”
“For numerous teams between now and the end of the season, their ability to score goals will be crucial to where they end up.” “Michael isn’t just one of the best strikers in the Premier League, he is one of the best strikers around anywhere. You have to look at his record.”
“These have been tough times for Michael regarding injuries, but the one thing that remains consistent is that, when he plays, he scores goals.” “That’s testimony to the type of player he is.”
We don’t know what Michael will be doing at the end of the season if Newcastle stay up, but there was news over the weekend that both Manchester City and Aston Villa will try to sign him.
Of course if Newcastle get relegated there is no way Newcastle can even afford to keep the player, but he can show his worth in the last 10 games by at least scoring the goals to keep the club afloat.
If he does leave it will be a rough deal on the Newcastle club and fans, and each of his goals will have cost the club close to £1.5M, which is hardly a good deal at all, because the lad has just been injured so much during his time at Newcastle.
While Hughton will be pleased to call upon a world-class striker like Owen undoubtedly is, he does not want his team-mates to rely too heavily on the striker’s match-winning ability. But we’re sure there’s not much chance of that with Michael having been out so much this year.
Michael will need a few games to get back his sharpness in front of goal, as all strikers need.
“Anyone would rather have Michael Owen in the squad than not in the squad.” “We want him most definitely because of what he brings to the team.”
“But what will bring us the edge over our rivals is the team’s performance on the day.” “For everything Michael is, he’s one of just 11 players, he can’t win games on his own.”
“We have to perform well. If Michael is going to score goals he needs someone to provide those goals for him.” “If we give him the ammunition, though, he is one of the best at putting them away.”
Saturday’s game is vital because if we are defeated we will probably be in the bottom three, and will have a real fight on our hands, and Hull will be a full 7 points ahead of us.
A win is what we need and want, and anything less, given where we stand in the league right now, will simply not be good enough.