Owen Can Fire Newcastle To Safety – Alan Hansen


53 year-old Pundit Alan Hansen, the former Liverpool and Scotland stalwart, has said today that captain Michael Owen is the player who can fire Newcastle to safety this season.

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Alan Hansen – Owen can be savior for Newcastle 

 Alan was a 6’2″ commanding center-back, and played for Liverpool 620 times from 1977 through 1991, before becoming a football pundit, who works currently with Alan Shearer.

Alan talked today about how he thinks Michael Owen, now fit again , can  save Newcastle this season:

“Newcastle are a massive club but they certainly aren’t too good to go down.”

“It’s been a real rollercoaster season for them with managerial change, disputes with the owner and injuries, but one thing that could see them safe is the return of Michael Owen.”

“Michael is a natural born goalscorer, and when you find yourselves at the wrong end of the table, you need someone who can take their chances.”

“In Michael, Newcastle have a player who knows exactly how to put the ball in the back of the net.”

“He too has suffered from his fair share of injuries, but if you had to count on someone to fire you out of trouble, there’s no doubt it would be Michael Owen.”

We don’t always agree with what Hansen says, but we sure hope he’s right here, and quite honestly that’s why Michael Owen is paid so much money at the club, around £110/week by all accounts, so he can deliver in times like these.

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101 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 18, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #1

    No he cant.

    Simple as that.

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  • Obafan

    Mar 18, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Let us hope that Hansen’s words become reality in a couple of weeks time.

    Owen should defo perform on another note than last Saturday. But on the other hand who of our team is going to give the passes to create danger? Butt? Smith? Nolan?

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 18, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #3

    I think Alan’s right… but not yet. We know from bitter experience that Owen takes 3 or 4 games to get sharp again. But I do believe that he will average well over a goal very other game for the rest of this season. Our other strikers may be more exciting getting close to the goal, but Owen is in a different class when it comes to putting it past the keeper.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 18, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Thats why he missed about 5 siters v Hull in the cup. Owen is well past it and adds very little to the team. As for him being captain, ****ing disgrace really. It should be Beye.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Lets face it, Owen coudln’t fir a gun unless he gets chances 6yrds out and that doesn’t happen in many teams.

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  • JonnyNufc

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #6

    You’re talking absolute bs tom toon.

    Owens a class player, in a side who can actually thread in through balls he finishes with ease. He has done many times this season.

    Problem being the only time we actually pass it anywhere near his feet hes got a 6’3 defender on his heels. Rest of the time he has to try to win headers. Its moronic. None of them can thread in the through balls owen feeds off accept perhaps Barton.

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  • Dragonera

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Owen is poor against decent defences. This has been proven.

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  • Dragonera

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #8

    “Owens a class player”

    What are you talking about!? Since Owen lost his pace all he could do was finish, and he can’t even do that anymore as he needs about 4 chances to score one. Overrated waster and there will NOT be much interest in him come the summer. Not from the big teams anyway.

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Owen is a proven scorer of goals but the caviat to that is he takes an age to get match fit.

    We need him now not in 5 games time. I would keep him on the bench and bring him on as and when.

    We played well against Man U and he wasn’t in the team, we bring him back and look what happens.

    Not as if he’s gonna be around next season anyway, we don’t have to keep him happy by playing him.

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  • Johno Toon

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Think owen is good but he aint great, think he should be out leave in the summer, he prob will nick a few goals between now and the end of the season and will help keep us up, but he aint worht his 100k a week or the 80k a week we are meant to be offering him,

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Dragonera // Mar 18, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    “Owens a class player”

    What are you talking about!? Since Owen lost his pace all he could do was finish, and he can’t even do that anymore as he needs about 4 chances to score one. Overrated waster and there will NOT be much interest in him come the summer. Not from the big teams anyway.

    So what ya saying? Were gonna be lumbered with him again?

    Hope not, we play better without him in the team

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #12

    We dont create any chances-thats a big problem-we just about always concede so we tend to need more than 1 goal+this is not the Owen that played for Liverpool, injuries have robbed him of a lot of pace.

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  • Dragonera

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Stuart

    No, he will leave, but not to a top side…unless he takes a MASSIVE wage cut.

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  • JonnyNufc

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Dragonera you’re talking nonsense also.

    Owen hasnt scored for a few games in a side that cannot provide whatsoever from midfield. Misses a few half chances that he might get 1 of every 3 games & suddenly hes rubbish is he.

    Same was said last season before he saved us from relegation under Keegan. Uz have such short memories.

    You’ll be kissing his ass as soon as he gets goals.

    Facts are he doesnt suit our side playing as it does. That doesnt make HIM crap.

    No he shouldnt be captain. Thats obvious.

    But give him chances and he’ll score, he has done it all season. Hes our top scorer & you have ridiculously one sided memories of what hes done this season.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #15

    I said it consistently on this site. He’s a Little Waster!

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  • Nobby_Long

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #16

    He seems to struggle more now when plays as an out and out striker. Its getting hard for him to find space and shake off defenders.

    His success last year was in arriving late in the box, when he wasn’t racked from midfield.

    He has always missed chances – even at Liverpool he was never a ‘one goal from one or two chances’ striker.

    What we have failed to see for us though, is what he can really do with good service from midfield. More often than not, the midfield has been poor, and unable to create openings, such as sliding a ball through the defence for him to run onto.

    That in itself would make him adjust his game. As a striker, you end up adjusting your game to what the midfield are delivering, so its not really all his fault if he isn’t looking the same striker as he once was. He has never been a striker to create a goal out of nothing.

    Play to his strengths and he will get the goals.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m well passed it, but put ME in top side and I’ll beat the offside trap now and again and score from five yards out. But for the rest of the game I would be a passenger. The only time I saw the Little Waster play properly was under KK of all people!

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  • Nobby_Long

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #18

    I can only really see Man City or Villa as potential destinations for him. Man City could match/exceed his wages – but I suspect he would need to take a pay cut to go to Villa.

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  • JonnyNufc

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Go to eplmatches & look up his finishes in both west ham games this season.
    Or his goal v portsmouth
    or his goal v stoke

    Then claim that he can no longer finish.
    As i havent seen a single player in our side finish any better than those goals bar martins strike v Villa.

    Running theme in all those goals also is a simple pass to his feet from midfield or a through ball.

    He doesnt get them often enough. He can clearly STILL finish like a class striker. He missed a few sitters when he came back from his short injury earlier in the season, that was it.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Nobby: I honestly don’t think he’s good enough for citeh or villa.

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  • batty

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #21

    laugh as you like but we need owen and duff fit asap

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #22

    A striker who ALWAYS needs the ball at his feet is NOT a class striker

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Trouble is, at Batty says, we need the little waster at the mo . I suppose he IS good enough for us!

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  • Nobby_Long

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #24

    Isaac – re – good enough for Villa/City we’ll see in the summer won’t we.

    As for A striker needing the ball at his feet – Shearer didn’t create many of his own chances – was he a class striker???

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  • JonnyNufc

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Isaac a striker who SCORES GOALS is a class striker.

    Its as simple as that. Any other bs you put onto it is moronic.

    He’s a class finisher, his position awareness is perfect, for a tiny lad he has always been good with his head.

    but no you expect him to rough up a 6’4 defender standing endlessly behind him while he gets long balls.

    Brilliant.

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  • JonnyNufc

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Am i really having to explain to you lot that there are many different kinds of players.

    Do you see torres trying to head on long balls every game ?

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Johny:

    Every striker scores goals. Therefore by your logic “every striker is CLASS”. Therefore the term ‘class’ becomes meaningless.

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  • batty

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #28

    if owen could go the rest ov the season without getting injured we have a good chance ov staying up cos lets face it oba is not scoreing many is he

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Can’t see where this argument is going.

    Torres has loads of different strengths. That’s why he’s CLASS

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  • JonnyNufc

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Isaac if you really think thats what i was implying then you have the intelligence of a 5 year old dont you.

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  • batty

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #31

    OWEN still loses his marker very easily and makes room for him self

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  • Nobby_Long

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Isaac – I’ll refer you to Owens goals per game ratio for us……..that’s what makes him a class striker.

    Do you see any other of our ‘strikers’ coming close to that?????

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  • batty

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #33

    woudnt be suprise if he go,s back to liverpool

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  • Nobby_Long

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Isaac – answer my point re Shearer….he mainly needed chances to be created & the team had to play to his strengths to get the best out of him. So does that make him a class striker or not ????

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  • Dragonera

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Jonny

    Like i have already said many times in the past, he doesn’t and NEVER has scored enough to completely disregard his shortcomings.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #36

    By comparison with our other strikers (other than oba ) Owen is fantastic. The trouble is we are comparing non-alc lager with pepsi.

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  • batty

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #37

    Tom_Toon // Mar 18, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    No he cant.

    Simple as that
    tottal shite

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  • batty

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #38

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  • batty

    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #39

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  • batty

    Mar 18, 2009 at 1:00 PM

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