Michael Owen Needs To Step Up To The Plate For Newcastle

Alan Shearer will no doubt be hoping that Michael Owen can rediscover his scoring touch in the last 6 games of the season, before it gets too late to save the Tyneside club from relegation.


Michael Owen – time to score some goals

It’s last January since Michael Owen last scored for Newcastle, and although he’s been out injured for a while, Michael has been back for four games now, and is still to score.

Owen’s first major injury at Newcastle was shortly before halftime in a collision with Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson, at White Hart Lane in late December, 2005, and he fractured his fifth metatarsal, and was essentially out for the rest of the season. He then returned for England in the World Cup in 2006 in Germany, but then suffered an ACL injury in the game against Sweden, which had him out for most of the rest of the following season.

Those circumstances led to Michael appearing just 14 times in his first two full seasons at Newcastle, with just 7 goals. Hardly a good return for someone we paid £17M for from Real Madrid and who was receiving around £5.5M a year in wages.

Alan talked about Michael’s first injury at White Hart Lane back in 2005:

“I played that day when Michael was injured.” “But right now Michael needs a goal, like all strikers do.” “One thing we know is that he won’t shy away from trying to get them.”

“He had one chance last week at Stoke in the first half from a free-kick. On another day that might have gone in.” “But we would rather have Michael in our team than somebody else’s, put it that way.”

We have to hope history repeats itself, becasue last season Michael finished with five goals in his last seven games for Newcastle, and no doubt we hope he can do the same again. We certainly need to score some goals, if we are to get the wins we need, that’s for sure.

Shearer continued:

“I wouldn’t bet against him having a big day in the last six games.” “We want to create chances for him to score goals.” “He’s a very good goalscorer.”

Owen’s last goal for Newcastle came back in January in the 2-2 draw against West Ham at St James’ Park, and currently he is still leading scorer at the club with just 10 goals for the season.

It’s time for Michael Owen to step up to the plate for Newcastle United and score the goals he is so highly paid to do at the club.  That’s about the truth of the matter.

Comments welcome.

77 comments so far

  • BT9MAG

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Shearer is right in what he says; Owen is a good goal scorer, we simply aren’t creating enough chances – having Nicky Butt lofting a pass over the defence for Owen to run onto from 30 yards out does not count as a chance in my book.

    Also, Owen always had a good goal scoring record against us, I can’t see this changing if he moves in the summer – guarantee he’ll bang in a few against us if he’s away to city or everton!

  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #2

    owen is a shadow of the player he was at liverpool. I dont think he is even bothered by his lack of form and his onission from the england squad. I suspect his lack of offers in the summer though will come as quite a shock when he ends up at wigan or everton.

  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #3


  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #4

    MO has looked really peeed off in his last few matches. Frustration perhaps?

    We can only look at the next match and see labours of Shearer and Dowie’s bear fruit.

    Shame we are not at home until a week Monday.

    I do hope we can all come together in a collective voice for as much as the 90 mins as possible.

    The thought of having to listen to the droaning sound of “Come on you spurs” is a daunting one. But I have faith in our 2500 away fans to give it some.


  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #5

    – was referring to the Pompey match in line 4 of me last post

  • BT9MAG

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #6

    benny – you talk about going to Everton like it’s a step down…

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him go and shine and with that regain his England place! Which btw, I don’t think is something Owen has forgotten, or lost interest in, he simply knows that in Newcastle’s current predicament, he has no chance of regaining! What’s the point in coming out and moaning – all it will do is cause MORE speculation about his future!

  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Would love to be able to log on here straight after the game. It will be like a morgue. I promise not to gloat on monday especially if you ger ripped to shreads.

  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #8

    bt9mag- everton are the most boring teram in the division. They will never win anything. They never have any money to spend and when they do they blow it on work horses. Owen will still think he is good enough for a liverpool or man u but imo he is in for a shock.

  • broon ale

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #9

    give it a rest will you.. broken record = benny.

  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #10

    broonale- your life revolves around commenting on comments i make on here. How exciting. Do you go home and ring the girlfriend to tell her how you put me down. She must think your a right catch.

    Its spurs v newcastle on sunday so lets have a bit of banter for a change instead of your childish comments.

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Broon Ale – ignore tha tw&t mate.

  • Rem

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #12


    he would rahter be at everton than at spurs.

    How can u say everton are crap?

  • Archie Brand

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #13

    I find it a bit sad that everyone seems to think that this is a good time to have a go at Owen.

    He’s the only thing we have up front even resembling class, but the sad fact of the matter is that someone has to get the ball to him in a position that he can do something with it. And thats what we’re lacking.
    Its not the forward at fault, its the supply train. They’re crap and have been for a while.
    Get the ball to Owen 3 or 4 times and he’ll put it in. No doubt about that.

  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #14

    rem-didnt say crap. i said boring. They will be back in the bottom half next season. He would prefer to be at everton than spurs as he is an everton fan.

  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Charlie, King, Woody, BAE
    Lennon, Willy, Thud, Luka
    Pav, Keane


  • edburn

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Haha bennytoon is on the drink if you think that team equals domination. Also, u sound very bitter that Everton have done consistantly better than you, despite having far less money to spend. Perhaps it’s because they don’t waste it on players such as Bent…

    2-1 to the toon come Sunday, Carroll and Owen to score.

  • AndyNUFC

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #17

    They’re all into domination Benny? Modric does look a little crazy to be honest. I reckon we might see another last minute cheeky back heel to Duff to slide it past your hopeless keeper?

  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #18


    sing along

    Relegation getting closer
    The lights are going dim
    Mike Ashley is a yiddo
    He loves the mess your in
    The team shows no resistance
    The players are lying on the floor
    Back to the first division
    Where youve spent plenty of time before

    Ooh, and I can feel it,
    Feel it, feel it, feel it

    Way down where the norwich plays
    Way down like a tidal wave
    Way down where the fires blaze
    Way down, down, way, way on down

  • chuck

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Step up to the plate Ed. ?
    The only people who step up to the plate are the batters in baseball, beside it`s become an overused euphemism.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Benny Bell End!

  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #21

    wouldnt expect anything less stu.

  • roscoe

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Benny – I really hope we beat u on Sunday just so u stay the fu@k off our blog for awhile u fu@king sad twat!!

  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #23

    roscoe- I am here until the last kick of the season so i can watch you squirm and cry when you are relegated. Sunday should help you on your way down.

  • roscoe

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Sure sure benny – if we beat you u won’t come on here u twat!

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #25


  • arctoa

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #26

    We’ve a decent record against Tottenham at WHL of late but they’re in a rich vein of form, by their standards, so I’ll be surprised if we get anything much from the game.

  • arctoa

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #27

    As for Owen, his finishing prowess can’t be brought into doubt but he’s ineffectual in a poor team and our midfield has been abysmally negative. If we can fix that he’ll bang them in for us — when he’s fit.

  • richyg01

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #29


    We aint a one man team!

  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #30

    roscoe- turning into a right little keyboard warrior.haha. You wont win so dont worry. 8am monday morning.cant wait.

  • halla9

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #31

    hey bennytoon, just wondering are you worried about the game this weekend because you seem to have to keep reassuring yourself that spurs are going to win, if you were actually confident you would only need to say it once.
    Just a thought

  • sickofitall

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #32

    “keyboard warrior” what a fu(k1n hypocrite, he constantly shows himself up as a moron.

  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #33

    halla9- we have won our last 5 home games and will make it 6 on sunday. There will be no fairytale return for shearer as he will take you down. But what do the geordsies care, you got what you wanted. One of your own as manager. We have a better squad,first team,reserve team,youth team ,manager, fans and standing in the game. Everything points to 3 points for spurs. Enjoy your weekend lads. I know i will!!

  • broon ale

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #34

    moobs.. you call me childish.? i tried to reason with you yesterday. You ignore anyone who trys to address you in a civil manner because its the opposite to what you want. You prefer people who bite. as for my life revolving around you.. irony.!!! much like your life revolves around newcastle united.

    as for whether my girlfriend considers me a catch.. ? i dont understand what you’re implying. why would she think anything less of me when i am a newcastle fan on as newcastle blog…

    you my friend dont have that excuse when your lass quieries why you spend so much time talking to newcastle fans.

    you have a high powered perception which you refuse to point in your own direction.. you should be barred from this website because your only aim is to wind people up.. doing this for an hour or so in the name of banter is fair enough but for the best part of a year is beyond a joke..

    i tried to reason with you yesterday, i explained that i questioned myself as to why i bother entering into dialogue with a wind merchant spurs fan in the face of other things which have served to offer a bit of perspective.. there is seriously more important things to worry about.

    i am tired of you now.. you have went too far.. i hope there is some truth is karma. your team will lose if so.. much like the last 6 times.

    i find the fact you are here every day really really sad..

    you are here now, every day, your craic stinks for hey ho, thats you each to their own..

    what ever floats your boat.. newcastle united football club evidently floats yours..

    why else would you come here every day?

  • broon ale

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #35

    aye but moobs.. you have lost the last 6 games against us.

    unlucky moobs

  • Ronufc

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #36

    ‘8am monday morning.cant wait’

    Is that when you get your dole money Benty boy?

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #37

    We better win this one – just for one brief moment we can shut Bennytool up. Doubt it would work though. Having said that he did come on here all after we beat them last time and hold his hands up that we won etc – although he will deny this – as he denied earlier about bragging they would win before decembers match! Grade one p*ck of the highest – but were stuck with the bell end until the end.

  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #38

    broonale- I am pleased i have had such an effect on your life. So much so that you appear to be having a break down before my eyes.hehe. Thats the 4th long winded post you have directed towards me today so the least i can do is throw you a bone now and then. May i suggest the samaritans. Now dry your tears and remember its only a game.

  • sickofitall

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #39


    its pointles trying to make that freak see reason , he’s your typical ignoramus. unable to see his own hypocrisy thus rendering anything he says as completely irrelevant.

    not worth getting wound up about

  • kizza

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #40

    Are you guys thick ALL OF YOU. Apart from

    I support newcastle through and through btw.

    Bennytoon makes all your blood boil.

    You have tried being civil
    you have tried to bite back
    You have requested to get him blocked



    Simply IGNOR him.
    if you dont give him the attention he wants then Bennytoon has outsmarted all of you. by annoying you and making you respond. there is no reasoning with this person so dont bother replying or even making references to him.

    Then he will realise he is alone and will do something better with his time


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