Owen Best Bet To Get Goals To Save Newcastle

Chris Hughton has said today that he expects Michael Owen to get stronger and stronger in the coming weeks.


Michael Owen – fit for the last 9 games- hopefully 

 Michael had a decent run out on Saturday against Hull City, and he came through 73 minutes of Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Hull. Michael will need a little time to get sharp, but he is our best bet to get the goals, in the last 9 games, that could save Newcastle this season.

The Newcastle United captain has not played since the end of January, after damaging his ankle ligaments, during the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City.

But Owen came back on Saturday, and Michael is a much better footballer than most fans realize. Shearer was also a terrific football player, and probably the best passer of a ball when he was at Newcastle, not to mention Alan’s fabulous 206 goals for his home-town club.

Chris Hughton hopes to have the club’s top goalscorer fit and available for the 9 games left in the season.

Chris told nufcTV.

“It’s great to see him back and he will hopefully get stronger and stronger as the weeks go on,”

“The decision against Hull was always going to be whether we start Michael or bring him on from the bench.”

“He’s been out for a while and of course he looked a little bit rusty.”

“But the thing with Michael is that you never know because he’s always capable of scoring a goal.”

“I think we brought him off at the right time and Shola Ameobi had an impact when he came on.”

“It’s just a shame we couldn’t get that winning goal which we so badly wanted.”  

It would be fitting if Michael can indeed score the goals that will save the Tyneside club, and then announce he wants to stay at the club.

That would make most fans happy, although not all, and would certainly help Newcastle to attract good players to the club in the summer.

Whether that will happen we have no idea, but it would be a nice start to the summer transfer season, and would be a tremendous boost for manager Joe Kinnear, after all the travails of this season.

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • Ben_BKK

    Mar 16, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #1

    What did Shola do that “made an impact”? I struggle to see what anyone sees in him, especially our supposed coaches.


    Mar 16, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Shola did ok but i remember Guti actually got a cross into the near post in the 2nd half and Owen was behind the defender-in his best days he would have been in front of the defender. He was completely anonymous, he should have dropped into midfield to link up the play more.

  • Ericles

    Mar 16, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Regardless of opinions about what Owen is going, or not going to do, the nest two games will prove crucial. Home to Arse and All and the Chelsea Buns could give us some desperately needed points. We must get (somehow) six points. After that we have two away games. I think we will do it – even if Owen does not score we have Martins to do it. All we hear from the NUFC coaches is Owen will be getting fit and needs games under his belt. He is ALWAYS getting fit and the few games left to get under his belt may not be enough. I am not holding my breath. We need Barton, Guthrie and Nolan fit with two wingers in Jonas and Duff. Then perhaps…….?

  • Dragonera

    Mar 16, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #4

    If we stick with Owen up front against Arsenal and Chelsea we are just ASKING for a defeat. He NEVER scores for us against the good sides and they make easy work out of him. Decent defenders have Owen in their pocket. It is a fact.

    Lovenkrands and Martins up front. OR 4-5-1 with Lovenkrands on the wing and Martins up front.

  • bennytoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Owen is and has been woeful for a long time. I dont think he will get his dream move to a top 4 team at the end of the season and will end up somewhere like villa or man city if he is very lucky.

    He wont save you . Should have offered cash along with martins for bent .

  • sahota

    Mar 16, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Just hope we don’t lose by huge margin in next two games. Losing by margin of 1 goal in both games would be just fine. Otherwise we will end up having poor goal average and will lose that advantage too on other teams down there.

    Not sure who is going to score for us. Jonas missed a brilliant opportunity in last game. Goal as open with just goalkeeper in front of him and he kicked well away from goal. His work rate is brilliant but I think coaching staff should work on him to put some good crossed in and also striking the ball when in D. He never looked like scoring a goal even though I like him for his work rate.

  • Graeme

    Mar 16, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #7

    As at Bolton, we didnt play well at all. We huffed and puffed and went through the motions but the players dont seem to have the motivation needed in the situation we are in.

    The “coaches” in charge are either too frightened to make radical choices to try and alter the course of thee game or they just dont know what to do. Its not looking good at all!!!!!

  • sahota

    Mar 16, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #8

    have you ever seen Chris’s face carefully, he already looks scared. I don’t have any confidence on him to take us through rest of season.

  • Dragonera

    Mar 16, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Hughton cost us the game against Hull by picking the slowest mnidfield in the history of the prem, with Smith, Butt and Geremi all featuring. He should have had Lovenkrands on the right wing instead of Geremi as the Cameroon international only ever looks decent in DM. Hughton has no balls and threw both Butt and Owen back in the first team despite the squad looking good against united.

  • Michael12

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #10

    I must agree with Dragonera. Owen never scores for us against the good teams. Though, this would not be a problem if he scored more serially against the poorer teams but he does neither. He only scores occasionally.

    This is somewhat concerning. Martins cannot get a goal yet it was for his return we were most anxious.

    The Owen-less team we put up against Manchester united might have done better against Hull perhaps not score more goals against Hull but to not have conceded the goal.

    The Arsenal and Chelsea games are games from which we now need something. I was ready to write them off, but in light of this weekend and the performance we showed against Manchester United, there is hope we may just get something.

    Chelsea are still stuttering and walked away with a lucky goal against Man city, Arsenal (same old) seem to be over their blip bu we know it is never over.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Sorry Mr Houghton but you talk a load of Gash.

  • sahota

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Its hard time for every fan. I think many of us will be now having high blood pressure. Bad thing is it will go on till end of season. There will be many sleepless nights. It is no good just taking tension due to these guys giving bad performances on field. But nobody can help. It comes naturally when you support a team from your heart. Why can not these stupid players and coaches can understand that? I can still see that almost half of our team is not playing with HEART for Newcastle. But how start it will be for guys like S. Taylor, Jonas, Bassong and few others who play for Newcastle. This Chris big FOOL will be saying same thing again and again before and after every match till mathematically we will not be relegated. Why can’t he put things to work. He is too weak to take and risks. I am not sure what everyone else think, but to me it looked on SAT we actually played for draw.

  • faustino

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #13

    We have a man who was deemed unfit to be Spurs defensive coach in charge. End of story really.

    But i’ll go on.

    Ashley is Nero. Nothing to do with players, we have a decent squad given the situation we’re in; not world beating but not this bad.

    Anyone with half a brain can see we need a decent manager and Ashley’s waiting for a man who’s had a quadruple bypass to be fit, who also happens to be a dreadful btw and then expect him to perform at full belt in a relegation play-off with the most critical fans in the world watching as we crash and burn all the while raising the pressure on a coaching team who can as much deal with what’s going on as the can the Gaza crisis.

    It’s so stupid you could cry.

  • Dragonera

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #14


    As i said yesterday, top management are keeping costs down and biding their time until the economic climate fixes up. JK etc are some of the lowest paid management if not THE lowest paid and top management are well aware a replacement would not be willing to accept such wages.

    Simple fact of the matter is Chris Hughton clearly demonstrated how inept at first team management he is on Saturday. Everyone knows that to win game sin the PL you need pace to scare the opposition. Something we had against Manchester United with Lovenkrands and R.Taylor instead of Butt and Owen. So what does he do? He picks a midfield of Butt, Geremi, Smith and Jonas…

  • geordie jock

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Chris Hughton is a Tit if he thinks Ameobi made an impact on saturday. When is Ashley going to realise Hughton and Calderwood will not keep us up. They havn’t got a clue how to motivate the team. When will they realise todays game is all about pace when they play old slow players in midfield, Geremi, Butt and smith are past it and Jonas is a joke. Not one of these players are capable of giving a decent ball to the strikers. We are so deep in the brown stuff it is time to take a risk and give some of our youngsters a chance as they will at least put some effort in and have a go.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #16

    I didnt see ameobi make any impact or was I watching another game?

    Mo just looked like a headless chicken on sat and in fair dues, he didnt get much supply upfront did he?

  • batty

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #17

    Toon Graeme we just havent got the players to put the crosses in any more

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #18

    alreet batty, that’s EXACTLY what I was gona say mate. When Shearer was banging them in we had players like Solano on one side and Robert/Bernard on the other.

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #19

    …we’re always gona be pretty ineffective playing with two dwarves upfront anyway, given the height/physique of most defenders these days.

  • batty

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #20

    we get rid of millner inzogbia emre replace them withnolan loven and r taylor wots all that aboot

  • workyticket

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #21

    “Shearer was also a terrific football player, and probably the best passer of a ball when he was at Newcastle”

    Nope, Nobby and Rob Lee were Ed. I see your point though.

  • Ericles

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Dragonera sums it all up today methinks. Our options for a fight the drop is to drop Butt, Owen, Smith and Geremi. I think with Martins, Lovenkrands, Jonas and Duff, we will have some pace and some ability to get some vital goals. Steven Taylor is showing some fight as well and Enrique is showing he can hack it now. With Beye, Nolan, and Guthrie back we could have a team to keep us up. But Hughton – please leave the has-beens at home. They have no enthusiasm, no future in the Premiership – not even on our bench. Time for LuaLua and Ranger etc to step and be counted cos they will play their balls off for the chance to prove themselves in the struggle to come.

  • DJG

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #23

    I would like to see Micheal Owen get 90 minutes against Arsenal to step up his fitness another level. He should be able to after another week in training. Owen and Martins will be our best bet as Ameobi and Carroll would be outclassed against the Arsenal defense.

    I would have liked a return to the system Keegan played with MO as a ballplaying AM but I think right now we just need him in goal poacher mode.

  • workyticket

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Rodzilla // Mar 16, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    “…we’re always gona be pretty ineffective playing with two dwarves upfront anyway, given the height/physique of most defenders these days.”

    Aye Rodzilla, it is if you have three defensive midfielders trying to hoik balls at them over a creative vortex. But with a more creative midfield, more link play etc, it doesn’t have to be so bad.

  • workyticket

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Ericles // Mar 16, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    “Our options for a fight the drop is to drop Butt, Owen, Smith and Geremi.”

    I take it that you don’t like defensive midfielders then Ericles?

  • nufcc

    Mar 16, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #26

    WTF is wrong with everyone. Why is everyone slacking off owen. He is for sure, no doubt better than martins in all aspects of the game. And why dont we all start slacking off martins for being injury prone. He’s done nothing this season surely he has less goals then owen has. Dont get me wrong guys but i feel that you have to cut him some slack and hopefully he will come through for us. Has martins scored a goal for us since he has come back? oh he hasnt? may be he needs games under his belt but owen doesnt. How many chances does martins miss in the game, 3 oo thats ok cuz that happens in football but if owen misses one we come onto the blog and start ripping him off, i dont want to sound like a martins hater but if anyone should be getting ripped here is martins.

  • batty

    Mar 16, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #27

    nufcc spot on m8

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 16, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #28

    worky – 24
    …yes mate, you’re pretty nail-on-head. We’ve got a front two that are too short to get on the end of a midfield 3-4 that aren’t creative enough to take the ball to them – so end up hoofing it. Bit of a vicious circle really. Nolan, Guthrie and Barton should help a bit when they’re back at least.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #29

  • Natureboy95

    Mar 16, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #30


    You are spot on mate,not sure why ebveryone has it in for owen he is by far and away the best forward at the club at the moment,yes martins has pace, can score spectacular goals from nothing, and can be exciting to watch but he doesn’t always stick away the half chances which is required if we’re to get out of this mess.

    i would love to see us play 4-3-3 like KK did when he came,i think that would bring us afew points,using carroll instead of viduka to flick on for martins & owen.

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 16, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #31


  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #32


  • batty

    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #33


  • batty

    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #34

    o i o

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #35
  • Rodzilla

    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #36

    [o)_. ._(o]

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #37


  • Rodzilla

    Mar 17, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #38

    …many other users of this blog, will no doubt ask themselves that very same question Tom_Toon – when returning to their post to find a mere “-” after what they thought was a reasonable submission. 😉


    Mar 17, 2009 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #39

    I see MO as a player that can and will be able to help NUFC. Yes his age is beginning to be the cause some attention but he has scored for us in the games he was able to play. They are usually not at pretty as the goals scored by Oba but MO is far more consistent.

    Since His return Oba has had so many close opportunities (most importantly in Bolton,Man U and basically every game) but he fails to capitalize on his opportunities.

    Lets give Owen a chance

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #40



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