Owen Back Saturday To Help Newcastle Survival Push


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.

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 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.

Hughton explained:

“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.

 

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48 comments so far

  • Toonkistan

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Dear Ed, its so frustating at times to see you being prejudice at things like we will sell enrique at season end, micheal will be gone, we will see a massive clear out of players like smith etc and most importantly everytime you talk about owen you cant forget his how much his goals have cost us….can u please calculate his contributions same time last year when his goals saved us from relegation….Priceless i’d say….

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  • Toonkistan

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    oops 1st [:D]

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  • Toonkistan

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    i mean to say 😀

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  • batty

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    we need him back and scoreing he,s our only chance ov staying up

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  • batty

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Toonkistan ware u from m8

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  • batty

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #6

    look like bassongs off

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  • Toonkistan

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #7

    batty any guess….my nick has a part of my country name….these days we are renowned for producing terrorists 🙁

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    He won’t start on Saturday, but I think he’ll score when he does come on. The team’s ability to get the ball into the box now is far, far better. Duff, Loverboy and Jonas have all shown they can go past defenders, and Martins made the Manure defence look very porous. All we needed was someone who can find the target, and that’s Owen.

    Trouble is… who do you take off to make room?

    I’d say Ryan Taylor (or Steve Taylor and put Ryan at RB) and move Loverboy to the right wing. Him, Owen and Martins could be quite a combination.

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  • Toonkistan

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9

    i dont think bassong is anyway near being off…i mean a good season cant guarantee a place in arsenal and 10M ….this press needs to get a grip

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  • Robbanufc

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Great news to have Owen back!

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=64136173974&ref=ts

    The Facebook group for this site! closing in on 200 members!

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #11

    Well said, Toonkistan. I can understand why people jump to the worst conclusions given the season we’ve had, but it does get annoying.

    Bassong is guaranteed a starting berth here, which will lead to the same in the French national team. Will he get that anywhere else?

    He could go, of course, but I’d be surprised if Ashley and co will let that happen, when they’ve succeeded in delivering a decent back 4 for the Toon – something I’ve not seen in about 5 years.

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #12

    I’ll have a look at that, Robba. I’m jumping on a plane to attend the Fulham match (only one where I can get the time away) and I may be looking to hook up with some people for the trip.

    Facebook is a good place to sort that out, and my knowledge of Newcastle nightlife is pathetically out of date! I’ve promised my poor, ‘Toon Virgin’ bro-in-law a couple of good nights out, so I’ll be looking for some good recommendations for where two middle-aged, sad bastards should head for a good supply of beer and desperate slappers.

    And no, ‘Blackpool’ isn’t the answer I’m looking for…

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  • Toonkistan

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    i dont think he wants to go but he might be preparing a case if we get relegated….otherwise he’s better off playing here week in week out and learing the game (As hes got a lot to learn since hes man handling in the box scares me to death)and he himself is sensible enuff to understand…but u neva know….anyways lets escape relegation first…

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #14

    If Michael want to leave us in the summer then here´s hes chance to put himself in the shopping window by score goals and secure our premierleague status. Would like to see him stay though!

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Clutching at straws if you think owen will save you. His best days are long gone. He will just have a gentle runout and try to stay fit for when he leves for free in the summer. Personally i woul boo his every touch as he has taken the club and fans for mugs!!

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  • komfort

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #16

    batty, 2 out of 4 yesterday try these little tinkers on for size today

    coe
    gone to lunch
    gee dee nen
    silk affair
    rite of passage

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  • lesh

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #17

    re where Toonkistan from // Mar 11, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    batty any guess….my nick has a part of my country name….these days we are renowned for producing terrorists

    Where’s that then, Toonisia?

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Bangladesh?

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #19

    ToonKistan = Pakistan?

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  • Toonkistan

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #20

    lesh…lolz @ Toonisia
    ToonSweden..Spot on mate….do u want me to guess where u from :P:P

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #21

    Sure, do you want a clue? 🙂

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #22

    toonkistan??

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  • sahota

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #23

    This facebook group is great ED. I think another platform for people who contribute here to collaborate in a better way.

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #24

    Islamabad?

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #25

    sahota- did you see me on the facebook group? You can be friend me if you like. I have very few friends on there. sigh

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #26

    toonsweden- Are you from somwhere obvious like sweden?

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  • komfort

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #27

    benny , and less on here

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #28

    komfort- thats not very nice. There must be someone who likes me on here. somebody…anybody…

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  • komfort

    Mar 11, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #29

    aye benny , their all knocking on your door……trying to get out..

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 11, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #30

    C’Mon Owen !
    Still a fine player and on his day world class.
    He has seen out his contract (unusual these days)and maybe it is time for a change for both him and us.
    I won’t knock him for that hope he bangs a few in before he’s off.

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 11, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #31

    komfort-leave the humour to others.

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  • komfort

    Mar 11, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #32

    benny, ha ha ha ha ……jerk !

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 11, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #33

    Way to go Benny, how did you guess? 🙂

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  • sahota

    Mar 11, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #34

    I bet Benny you will become Toon fan sooner than later. Let us survive this season I think you will CONVERT 🙂 for sure. See how much time you spend just looking at how Newcastle is doing and chatting with us on here.

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 11, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #35

    sahota- i spend my time laughing at people on here and mocking those less fortunate. Even if you survive this season you will be weaker next season and face the same relegation battle.

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  • Toonkistan

    Mar 11, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #36

    ToonSweden – Karachi mate 😀 you look familiar with cities ??

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 11, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #37

    i’m such a slut.

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 11, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #38

    you know, if you can’t beat me, join me.

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 11, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #39

    i spend my time laughing at myself on here.

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 11, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #40

    ToonKistan, my wife was adopted from Pakistan when she was 2 month old.

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