Michael Owen Continues To Train Hard At Newcastle

Michael Owen has been in the headlines this week, because even though England have had injuries to 3 strikers in their squad, Michael has still not been called up by England supremo Fabio Capello.


 Michael Owen – being working hard in  training at Newcastle 
 While Michael has effectively been written off in some quarters for the England team, we believe he just has to get fully fit and Capello will pick him again, but when was Michael last fully match fit?

Chris Hughton believes Owen will just ignore all the criticism and news currently surrounding him, and continue to focus on helping Newcastle’s fight against the drop. That’s one of Michael’s strong points, mental toughness.

Chris talked about Michael today in the Newcastle Journal:

“On a strictly selfish point of view, it’s been good to have Michael here. What he has been able to do is to put in hard sessions during the period he’s been here,” “It’s always more difficult during international weeks because you have less players to work with.” 

“We’ve still got a decent group here, though.”“From a personal point of view, it’s great to have him here. I think Michael is focused on the job in hand and will ignore what’s said or written.”

“What Michael has had in amongst that, he’s just back from a six-week injury period.”  “The most important thing is he is fully recovered from that injury and he gets back to the Michael we know.”

“Michael will just concentrate on doing the best that he can. It’s the tough end of the season now and it’s about what part he can play in the last eight games.”




That’s exactly what Michael needs to do and say if he can play the full game against Chelsea and score aq couple of goals, that will get Capello’s attention, and we still think the Italian will pick Michael when he’s fully fit again.

And even if Capello doesn’t pick Michael, it’s likely that Capello will leave the England job after the World Cup next year, and the new England manager may be more inclined to want to play Michael. So Michael could still have some years left for England – if he can get fit, keep playing and score those goals,

It’s a great time to start in the these last 8 games of the season, but Newcastle have to play him too, because he cannot score goals if he’s sitting on the bench.

But it’s almost set up for Michael to now start scoring some really vital goals for Newcastle, and earn his huge wages, and keep Newcastle in the Premier league.

If Michael can do that, we’ll all be happy.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • JJJ

    Mar 31, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1


    I think you are one of very few that believes Michael Owen offers anything positive to Newcastle these days.

  • bennytoon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    always said bent was better than owen and he’s poop.

  • Macas35

    Mar 31, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Well he kept us up almost by himself last season with 7 goals in the last 9 games. Who else in our squad has the potential to do that?

  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 31, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    I knew fine well that eventually through all of this “Where’s Michael Owen’s call up?” malarky that Newcastle United would come up in a bad light. In one of today’s papers we’re actually the reason for Michael Owen’s shameful shadow of form compared to his early and sucessful career. He done it at Liverpool, no doubt, he’s done it for England, no doubt, did he do it for Real Madrid? Hmm, questionable, but one thing he did certainly pick up from his days at Madrid is a tendancy to miss a large amount of games. We bought this image of a striker in his prime, a successor to the greatest striker this club’s had for many years, but just an image. We bought Michael Owen, all £17million of him. But after we bought him, we found out that the £17million striker we bought came with clauses. Injury prone? Very. High wages? Very. Still a speedy little fox in the box? Well, kind of. His pace had gone, but this was alright, we as loyal fans stuck by our “star striker” and rose the point that no matter how slow he is, his “positional sense” and “clinical finishing” will stay with him. We still bleated this out despite him missing many chances and a fair few sitters.

    Owen had a good run towards the end of last season, he scored a few goals, but i’m sorry, isn’t that what a £17million striker is supposed to do anyway? His form this season does not warrant him a place in the Newcastle team nevermind England.

    So let’s go back, where did this all start, did the circus of a football club Newcastle bring the demise of a ‘great player’? No, he was on his out when he was warming the bench in Spain and nursing injuries constantly. Once a crock, always a crock.

  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 31, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Macas35, how can you even say Martins or Viduka don’t have the ability to get that amount of goals?

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Owen is way past his sell by date these days.
    There will be no rout of goals to save us this season..he has already got his Louis Vuittton Travel bags packed for Citeh.

  • Irish-Toon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    They may have the ability, but just like Owen,both Martins and Viduka spend a fair amount of time out injured

  • Irish-Toon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #8

    SJT, why would City but him when they can afford to buy anyone they like

  • Chinzaknuk

    Mar 31, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #9

    What i don’t understand is why didn’t Owen play for the reserves last night? If he is short of match fitness surely that would have been a good opportunity to get some pitch time in. Xisco, Cacapa and Guthrie all featured, as well as Gary Neville for Man U.

    If Owen is so committed to the club and the management think he is a vital asset for the remainder of the season, then he should have played………………or is he just too good for the reserves???? Think not

  • Kash

    Mar 31, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Sick Note!

  • Irish-Toon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #11

    I reckon he didn’t play because they are trying to protect him so that he can play the next league game. Can you imagine the uproar if he’s pulled up with another injury in a reserve game

  • Chinzaknuk

    Mar 31, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #12


    I reckon you’re right on that one, but it annoys me that he is treated differently to the rest of the squad, as though he is the only one that can save us……………….sends out the wrong message to the rest of the squad for me.

  • Sav

    Mar 31, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Fair point about the reserves.
    And can anybody tell me why we introduce him back from the start in his first match back and then bring him on from the bench against Arsenal? What idiot dreamed up that rehab schedule?

  • Sav

    Mar 31, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #14

    Still irks me that Joe dismissed out of hand, Owen’s role for Keegan playing in the hole, which tactic saved our last season.
    He has still a good touch, great reading of the game and a nose for being in the right place at the right time. His days of leading the line may be over. That may not suit his perceived England prospects but in fairness to him, he never demurred for Keegan and probably would perform there for Hughton’JFK if they had the wit to ask him. We have to play to our strengths and that is one.

  • coyote

    Mar 31, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #15

    cappello is the 1st england manager to do us a favour in leaving Owen out of the squad
    he may be past his best but I believe he’s still our best striker and we couldn’t afford to have him come back crocked from england like he usually does

  • DJG

    Mar 31, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #16

    If Michael Owen cannot get himself into the England squad ahead of Defoe, Abonglahor and C.Cole then he may aswell hang up his boots now.

    Seriously though his attitude stinks. Gary Neville played 60 mins for the reserves last night to build his fitness up. Why can’t he. Play Xisco and Martins instead. The two short ar$es can’t play together anyway.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #17

    rish-Toon // Mar 31, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    SJT, why would City but him when they can afford to buy anyone they like.

    Cos he is Free and be used as a bit part player.

  • Macas35

    Mar 31, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #18

    AndyNUFC – Because I’ve watched them play. Martins is unpredictable and can score some good goals but is nowhere near as prolific as Owen when on form.

  • Irish-Toon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #19

    SJT #17

    Can’t really see Owen wanting to be used as a bit part player when fit, and I don’t think money really comes in to the equation as they’re absolutely rolling in it

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 31, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Looking forward to the game on saturday now, we’ve got everything to win. I guess we’ll loose, but there is no reason why NUFC should not have a go at it even though!

    Let’s just hope Bassong is back, if not we’ll for sure loose. Taylor and Coloccini makes a terrible pair of centre halves, I’d rather play Beye in the middle than Taylor.


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