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.
“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.