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.