Michael Owen Not Producing Goods For Newcastle – Fact

It’s not a good sign when our captain and top goal-scorer this season, Michael Owen, hasn’t scored for the side since January, and the questions surrounding him are whether he is still worth his place in the side.


Michael Owen – not in good goal-scoring form

But Michael is one of many at the club, who have not been producing over the last few months, and certainly his performance on Sunday with England manager Fabio Capello watching, would have done nothing for his chances of an England recall.

It’s also nothing new to 10-goal Owen, but Michael has been back now for 5 games and has failed to score, and if he doesn’t do that soon, it will be too late, and he will have failed to produce for the club, when it mattered the most.

That’s really the point, we need goals now when we are losing games or drawing them. Now is when it counts most, and now’s when great players produce the goods, and that’s why they get the big bucks.

If we lose our next 3 games and then Michael scores 5 goals in the last two games, then the stats will look good for him, but it will not have mattered – not one iota as far as Newcastle United are concerned.

If our players fail to start winning very quickly, like against Portsmouth next Monday evening, and then continue winning at home, they will have miserably failed to get the job done this season, and they will have been paid massive sums of money for their failure.

Newcastle assistant boss Iain Dowie gave a blunt assessment of Owen to the Evening Chronicle today:

“Michael’s goal record stands up to scrutiny with anybody.” “He is used to this. People only talk about him when he doesn’t score.”

“We didn’t get a lot of opportunities in the game at Tottenham, apart from the one from Obafemi Martins in the closing stages.”

“Michael has worked his socks off in all three games we’ve played.” “His work-rate is fantastic and he has covered so much ground.”

“He’s doing all the things that are right and one thing is certain – if chances come his way, he scores.” “We know that Michael has quality in abundance.”

“In training this week and last week, he has come up with finishes that other strikers simply can’t do.”

Michael owes a lot to the Newcastle club, who have paid an absolute fortune for his services over the last four years, but the club has not had the return they had hoped for, generally because of  Michael’s  poor injury record on Tyneside.

Chris Hughton left Owen out of the side in the 3-1 defeat against Arsenal, which turned out to be Chris’ last game in charge, and also ensured Michael did not make the England squad, which was announced after that game.

Dowie continued:

“It’s almost a British thing now, we like to knock our great goalscorers.” “All Michael needs to know is that he’s got the faith of his team-mates and the staff here.”

“That’s the key element and he knows it and feels it.” “Alan knows the game in terms of being where Michael is now.”

“Alan was there himself. We are very happy with him.” “We know he can pop up when people are least expecting it.”

“He knows how to deal with pressure – he’s lived in ‘the goldfish bowl’ all his life.” “But he just gets on with his business.”

But Iain’s logic is too simple, we are knocking Michael because he’s not producing when it matters. And he gets picked out for special criticism only because he’s getting nearly twice the amount in wages as any other player at Newcastle, and he is also the captain, and we’ve seen very little leadership from him on the field, since he returned.

These are all facts – not just opinions – and there would be none more happy than ourselves if Michael produces the goods against Pompey – and we’d give him the fanfare he would thoroughly deserve, but criticism and praise are different sides of the same coin.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far


    Apr 22, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #1

    WHEN WE STAY UP it will feel like we have won the league, i honestly believe we will stay up, and our local heroes will keep fighting to keep us up, but the first big change we need to make is drop our captin Michael Owen as he is showing us that he doesn’t care for Newcastle United and he cares about his pay packet. We have to have the players that care like Oba Carroll and ranger. Even the duke mark viduka will play his aussi heart out as he wants a new contract, then smudge wants to prove himself. So all of our attackers should go above Owen as he has shown me he doesn’t care. IMO he is our biggest flop

  • piman

    Apr 22, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #2

    I must admit to being very disappointed in MO but I reckon that without a good enough midfield no striker is going to do it for us.

  • Michael12

    Apr 22, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #3

    What I find equally regrettable is that he and Alan Shearer are such good friends.

  • Michael12

    Apr 22, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Well I suppose my point is not that they should not be friends, but their friendship adds to Shearer’s delusions and as such cannot drop him.

  • SpartanChris

    Apr 22, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Shearer once went a dozen games without scoring when he was playing for us.

    5 games without scoring in a bad side is not that bad a record.

  • workyticket

    Apr 22, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Lee Ryder is a vile little man.

  • workyticket

    Apr 22, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Michael12 // Apr 22, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    “Well I suppose my point is not that they should not be friends, but their friendship adds to Shearer’s delusions and as such cannot drop him.”

    I’m much more worried about Shearer’s relationship with Dowie.

  • beamish

    Apr 22, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Michal Owen is a disgrace. He only cares about staying fit till the end of the season so he can walk away and sign his next lucrative contract. His every touch from now till the end of the season should be booed. In his current form of the last 2 years he wouldnt get into a top 10 team let alone a liverpool or man united. Cant wait to see his face when he has to halve his wages and ends up at wigan.

  • shearerbliss

    Apr 22, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #9

    or even tottenham!

  • beamish

    Apr 22, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #10

    SHEARERBLISS- the point i was making is that he wont make a step up from newcastle although you could argue every team in the prem will be a step up from a div 1 side. He isnt good enough to play for spurs!

  • stevep

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #11

    What a load of rubbish, nobody at Newcastle ahs produced – wtf do you think we’re 2nd bottom.
    Singling out Owen (our highhest goalscorer this season) is a bit of a joke – how about Martins, Guiterezz, Duff, Nolan, Butt in fact everyone other than Bassong and Beye.
    Strikers need chances, especially strikers such as Owen who are effectively poachers, we can’t even get corners, free kicks past the first man so what chance do we have of getting our strikers chances

  • chuck

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #12

    One thing for sure Owen aint worth what he is being paid.
    Most games he seems to dissapear, however that may be because he recieves no service.
    Both he and Martins have played little part in recent games due to poor supply and a woefull midfield.
    Sure we need goals, but a 4-3-3 puts a lot of pressure on an allready shakey defence.
    Our problem is conceeding as well as not scoring
    Jonas-Joey-Butt- Duff
    Owen- Martins

  • stevep

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #13

    beamish – you have no point as always (well other than your baldy head and moobs 🙂

  • chuck

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Agree, however worse, ” he Knas nowt aboot the game”, clueless in fact.

  • stevep

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #15

    As usual it’s all headline stuff not based on fact – here’s the rundown of our strikers

    Shot success rate

    Owen – 32%
    Ameobi – 15.4%
    Xisco – 14.3%
    Martins – 14%

    Successful pass rate

    Owen – 83.8%
    Xisco – 74.6%
    Martins – 69.2%
    Ameobi – 62.4%

    Hmmmm – maybe Xisco should be starting instead of Martins or Ameobi

    You can all these stats and more from the telegraph site

  • Tooony

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Agree stevep, how many chances has our midfielders crated and how many goals have they scored in total?

  • beamish

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #17

    So owen needs the ball put on a plate for him to score? How can anyone claim he is world class. Not fit to lace defoes shoe laces.

  • stevep

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #18

    beamish you’re an idiot, defoe couldn’t get into the spurs team for almost a full season due to his “goal drought”

  • workyticket

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #19

    chuck // Apr 22, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Agree, however worse, ” he Knas nowt aboot the game”, clueless in fact.”

    Ryder or Dowie, Chuck? If you meant Ryder, I’ve just caught him doing something VERY naughty on his Chronicle ‘blog. He’s a disgrace to journalism, and that’s really saying something!

  • shearerbliss

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Come on Beamish! You have been watching Bent all season doesn’t he need a plate! On the international scene what better striker does England have? It is not defoe laces!
    He is a goal scorer that can not be denied but we have to create chances, that is why you bought bently who is a fantastic winger but could not lace duffs boots.

  • AndyT

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #21

    I would love for Owen to get a brace on Monday and for everybody in here to be singing his praises the next day!

  • stevep

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #22

    @beamish – as I like to base my posts on fact and actually think defoe is a decent player here’s some interesting stats

    Shot success rate

    Bent 22.9%
    Keane 18.2%
    Defoe 15.4%

    Pass success rate

    Keane 82.4%
    Defoe 81.7%
    Bent 60.6%

    And this in a team which is playiong for a european spot rather thean relegation

    Owen has both a better shot conversion rate and a better passing success rate – I can’t see your argument mate

  • beamish

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #23

    stevep- he couldnt get in because we had berbatov and keane. owen is finished! even carlton cole is getting in the england squads ahead of owen. Says it all in my opinion. As for bentley not being fit to lace duffs boots. Turn it in! Duff is awful!

  • stevep

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #24

    @shearerbliss – Bentley can’t even tie his own laces 🙂

  • stevep

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #25

    @beamish – mate the stats don’t lie, and you have the creative genius of modric in midfield – who incidently has a 5.1% shot success rate

  • shearerbliss

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Agree Carton Cole and england is a joke, but as everyone in football knows Capello would always give MO a hard time when it comes to his teams. I do not think any supporter is daft enough to go to the world cup without MO in the squad not even Capello. He is just making a point. Given the service on the international stage MO stats talk for them selves. But you would not know this because you do not have an England striker!
    As for duff and bently we could agree that both are awful, but duff did not cost 15m!

  • stevep

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #27

    btw: whats happned to Keane, he used to be a great player but since the liverpool fiasco has looked worse than Shola Ameobi ( ok that may be stretching it a bit )

  • beamish

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #28

    STEVEP- I also like to deal in facts.
    fact1) Capello picks defoe and bent over owen. I trust his judgement as he is one of the best managers in the world.

    fact2) Owen plays for a relegation threwatened team as that is now his level.

    fact3) Nobody tried to sign owen in the transfer window as he is finished!


  • stevep

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #29

    @beamish – oh dear, very poor response

    fact 1) Capello has said numerous times that Owen just needs games before he puts him back in the squad

    fact 2) we’ll see when he joins a top six team next season

    fact 3) Liverpool kicked out Keane, Portsmouth were happy to get rid of Defoe, nobody wanted Bent and I won’t even mention Pavlychenko

  • shearerbliss

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #30

    Good night Beamish.
    Fact 1) Bent and defoe picked or not can not score at that level. FACT
    Fact 2) With a combined total of 50m of strikeforce to offer one goal against a relegation threatened team is a bit woeful. (could be where we are next year)
    Fact 3) Owen was not going to leave in the transfer window as he told us and we do not know if his agents are in talks with tottenham or any other clubs. But do agree he wont be in a top 4 club.
    Remember tottenham is still 5 years behind us! Spending money on s**t hoping for Champions league footy, but it wont happen and your team almost imploded this year if it were not for Harry!

  • ToonRich

    Apr 22, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Shearerbliss, you forgot to mention MO didnt get any offers in Jan because he was injured!

  • jim

    Apr 22, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #32

    anyone know if the portmouth game is live on sky sports or sultana? i looked and couldnt see it but one story ive read on newsnow is saying they changed it to monday for tv reasons? :-s

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 22, 2009 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #33


    The match is on Setanta mate.

  • Natureboy95

    Apr 22, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #34

    I know tht owen hasn’t scored for 5 games or something like that? but he’s our top goal scorer this season which says alot i think, give him the chances, he’ll score the goals, we just need to create some chances, not just for owen but viduka and martins too.

    Everytime we get a free kick or corner the ball gets cut out by the first man, so saying that Owen is not producing the goods is a bit harsh. He was never going to score goals like he did against argentina as an 18 year old everyweek was he!!

  • I luv Sunderla-wha

    Apr 22, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #35

    i heard that michael owen and martins got drunk at a disco and pulled eachother is this true xx

  • beardsleyschin

    Apr 22, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Keep the faih in Owen, its always him who get singled out. He’s still our best chance of survival….dropping him is football stupidity. Anyone calling for him to be dropped is football ignorant and have a short memory

  • JJJ

    Apr 22, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #37

    Spartan Chris

    “Shearer once went a dozen games without scoring when he was playing for us.

    5 games without scoring in a bad side is not that bad a record.”

    The difference is Shearer always contributed to the team with his excellent link up play, holding the ball, flick ons (he was a superb target man), and a superb leader.
    Owen is purely a goal scorer so when he isnt scoring he contributes nothing…

    Having said that, before Beardleyschin gets up my arse… I think if we play a 3-3-4 formation, Owen sould be able to find some space and pick up some goals while the opposition defense tries to handle Oba and Viduka.

    Still wont be sad to see him go in the summer and if we stay up I still sincerely hope he leaves.

  • UTD111

    Apr 22, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #38

    See Starticket/Workydust is still just here to wind people up…..what a waste of space….

    The criticism of Lil Mikey is a bit rich…..if the midfield are totally incapable of creating any chances for him – how is he supposed to score??

  • workyticket

    Apr 22, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #39

    UTD111 // Apr 22, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    “See Starticket/Workydust is still just here to wind people up…..what a waste of space….”

    The devil shows himself in many forms UTD111.

    Mwahhahahahaha! 🙂

  • PaceOba

    Apr 22, 2009 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #40

    let’s play, click the link


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