If Kevin Nolan plays in the game against Arsenal on Saturday, as we expect him to following his 3 match suspension, it will be the first time he has played with Michael Owen, after both of them were at the Liverpool Academy together in the 1990s.
Michael Owen – star at Liverpool while Nolan at Liverpool Academy
Now that Owen, Newcastle’s England international striker, is back from injury and looking decent against Hull City last Saturday, as he plays his way back to full match fitness, the two could well start together on Saturday.
Nolan is two and a half years younger than Owen, so he was a younger trainee at the Liverpool club, when Owen was making his way into the first team at Anfield.
Of course Owen came to prominence quickly at the start of the 1997-1998 season, when he was just 17 year old, and eventually went on to play in the England side in the 1998 World Cup, alongside Newcastle’s Alan Shearer.
It was against Argentina in the quarter finals – the game in which David Beckham was sent off – that Michael scored his incredible individual goal for England, which stamped him as a world star at just 18 years of age.
Nolan talked about Michael:
“I’ll try to learn a few things from him about his prowess in the box.”
“He was a lot older than me when I was at Liverpool. He was also playing a few years above himself, but you always heard about him.”
“He really came through when I was at Bolton.” “He was fantastic at the World Cup.”
“I’d met him a couple of times before I came here, and it’ll be nice to get to know him as a player and see what makes him tick.”
This is a great opportunity for Kevin and Michael to play well together for Newcastle, and who knows, if we can survive this season, maybe Michael may even want to stay on Tyneside.
We think Kevin can make a huge difference for Newcastle in central midfield, and expect to see him start against Arsenal. It will be interesting to see how the two of the lads link up on Saturday – very well, we hope.
And if Michael does leave in the summer, Kevin is favorite to take over as Newcastle captain, with 53% of our readers thinking he would be our best captain, with Beye in second place on 13%.
The poll is still open if you haven’t yet voted.