Michael Owen Can Deliver The Goods For Newcastle

Michael Owen put in a good 73 minutes last Saturday, and although he didn’t score a winning goal, which we need him to do in future games, he put in a decent  shift  in  his first game back since late January.


Michael Owen – visiting children in Newcastle last Xmas  

Michael is not yet back to full match fitness, but caretaker Newcastle manager Chris Hughton believes Owen can still put the ball in the back of the net, while he fights to regain that full match fitness in the games to come.

The positive news at Newcastle is that the club does have some good players coming back into the reckoning. Alan Smith has just returned from a long term injury, and has performed quite well so far.

And this week Danny Guthrie will be available for selection along with the great Habib Beye, and Kevin Nolan has completed his 3 match ban, and seems to be just chomping at the bit to help his new club survive.

We weren’t really expecting Owen to be on top form last Saturday, since it seems to take him a few games to get back to full sharpness, and just when you think he’s lost that scoring touch he’ll poke in a couple of goals.

But there’s little doubt that the club desperately needs Michael to do just that in the remaining 9 games, if we are indeed to survive, and the mother of all nightmares is to be avoided.

Chris said today:

“With Michael there’s always two sides to his game,” “One is what physical condition is he in, and the more games he plays and the more training he does, the better physical condition he will be in.”

“But he’s a goalscorer. Whether he starts or comes off the bench, if he’s given opportunities you’ll always fancy him putting them away.”

“What we weren’t able to do against Hull was to get in good enough positions to give him those opportunities.”  “There’s no doubt that physically Michael is not where we’d want him, but that will come.”

Saturday’s game against Arsenal is being televised live around the world, so all Newcastle fans will be watching, there’s no doubt about that, and it’s a terrific opportunity for the Newcastle players to deliver on the night.

Then comes the next international break, and the team will have a couple of weeks before the next game at home to Chelsea, so we need some kind of good result on Saturday night if we are not going to stew for two weeks.

Chris knows it will be important to take some positive stuff into the break, and that will be a big change, since we’ve only had the WBA success to celebrate in our last 13 games, so we’re due some good results and some good news.

Chris continued:

“It’s a very big weekend but every weekend between now and the end of the season will be a big weekend, not only for us but the other teams around us,” 

“We are hoping the international break gives the lads who have come back after a period of time – like Michael Owen Danny Guthrie, Habib Beye and Kevin Nolan – another week of training before the Chelsea game.”

“And hopefully we won’t pick up any injuries in the international break.” 

We have some confidence that Michael can indeed deliver for Newcastle, in the final 9 games of the season, and it was right to play him on Saturday, so the club can quickly get him back to full match fitness.

Michael is experienced and has always scored goals, and he’s also a big game player, so we’re expecting a lot from the lad, but we think that’s exactly what we’ll get – we have to hope so in any case.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Mar 18, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1

    9 more games to go and we are fighting relegation

    it makes me sick when i think about going down

  • Weezertron

    Mar 18, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Cheap season tickets next term lads when we’re down.

    Celebrate good times, come on!

    But seriously, Hughton is a gobshiiite.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 18, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Aye, you what it is though – as crap as we are at the minute – I just cant stop supporting the toon. Always have and always will.

    Another gob piece the article in the Journal, how many times this season have I read similar content about our players and returning from injury.

    The facts speak for themselves – we are in the sh*te. You can glam it up with bows and ribbons but the same lies underneath.

    The only way we can get out is by keeping clean sheets, working as a team and scoring some bloody goals.

    Keep on keepin on is all we can do and Saturday awaits at 1730pm.

    Howay the lads

  • Danish_Magpie

    Mar 18, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    If we avoid relegation we ought to do the following in the summer:

    Smith: 3m
    Ameobi: 1.5m
    Duff: 2m
    Geremi: 1m
    Viduka: Free
    Owen: Free
    Butt: 0.5m
    Cacapa: Free
    Barton(like him as a player but bad image and big wages): 4.5m

    Total: 12.5m

    Extend contracts with: Løvenkrands, Edgar

    Appiah: Free (pay as you play deal)
    Pennant: Free
    Keith Commons: 3.5m
    Nick Shorey: 3.5m
    Huddlestone: 6m
    Wheater: 3.5m
    Bent: 9m

    Total: 25.5m

    Net spending: 13m (plus sign-on fees..)
    Reduction in wages: HUGE.


    GK: Harper, Krul, Foster

    LB: Shorey, Enrique
    RB: Beye, S. Taylor
    CB: Bassong, Coloccini, Wheater, Edgar

    LW: Jonas, Commons
    RW: Pennant, R. Taylor
    CM: Nolan, Huddlestone, Guthrie, Appiah, Lua-Lua

    ST: Oba Martins, D. Bent, Carroll, Løvenkrands, Xisco

    This squad would challenge for a top-8 or top-6, and is very well balanced, while also slashing wages and focusing on the future (ie no old deadwood).


    Starting line-up could then be:





    Subs: Krul, Enrique, S. Taylor, Guthrie, Commons, R. Taylor, Carroll

    with the likes of Wheater, Appiah, LuaLua, Løvenkrands and Xisco putting pressure on the team…

  • Purely Belter

    Mar 18, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    does anyone else think that owen is a waste of wages and will get injured in a matter of minutes??

    id rather play oba ahead of him ANYDAY

  • Ericles

    Mar 18, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    On reflection I think Hughton’s comments on contract negotiations smells of defeat and treachery. In other words, despite his huffing and puffing, he sees us down already. If he continues to a pick a leaden midfield we will go down. Ask the players now – if we go down who wants to stay and fight our way out of the Coca Cola? If you do not answer yes, then out of the door in summer. In the meantime play in the reserves because the quality youngsters are in the first XI.

  • Sav

    Mar 18, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    As soo a s he arrived, Kinnear dismissed out of hand the clever Keegan formula of playing MO in a withdrawn forward role, without ever having see him play like that. Hughton has seen it and he should use it again against the Gunners, Loverboy and Oba up front.

  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Mar 18, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Michael Owen cannot even deliver a pizza.

    BTW Ed, you should check up your cache settings in your WP. I’m confronting problems in logging in as I have to flush my Browsers Cache before I can log in…

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 18, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Lads – its 4 4 2 all the way. Unless proved otherwise.


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