Let’s face it, one man who has been disappointing for us in the last 5 games has been our captain and highest paid player, Michael Owen.
Michael Owen – must produce quickly – if we are survive
Michael can score goals, and that’s why he’s on around £110K/week wages at Newcastle, but now is the time when we need our stars like Michael to step up to the plate and produce the goods, before it gets too late.
Owen has not scored since January 10th, and that means he has failed to score in the his last 8 games, and he must start to put the ball in the back of the net soon.
The good news is once goalscorers like Michael come off a barren run, they will score a number of goals, so we have to hope that Michael can get some goals in our final 5 games of the season.
And Alan Shearer is bringing out all his man-management skills this week as he tries to cajole his players to produce the goods for the Tyneside club, but whether he will be successful – we just don’t know.
Alan said some good words about Michael recently, that he would always score goals, and there’s no doubt Alan has been a fan of Michael’s, ever since he partnered the then 18 year old Liverpool whiz-kid in the World Cup in 1998 in France.
Michael said yesterday:
“It’s nice when people say nice things about you, but regardless, I will wake up in the morning and know where I stand in terms of my performances, my standing in the game, the goals I will score given the opportunities and everything else.
“I have been around a long time now and everyone knows if I get chances, then I will score goals. Stats are there and people will say eight games and all that. But one of the games, I came off after two minutes, I did my ankle, the next one, I came on for 10 minutes coming back.”
“You can straight away narrow it down to five or six games before you even start. You go on a good scoring run and everyone will twist them into your favor as well.” “I am a bit long in the tooth for all that rubbish, but it’s certainly a game that I could do with finding the goalscoring touch.”
“I have always said if I am given the chances, then I am totally confident I will put them away.” “A few of the teams around us have got tough games and we have got a home game against a team that are in the bottom half as well, so it is a massive game.”
“We have to win it and if we do win and we are only a point behind, then I would really fancy our chances.”
Those are good words from Michael and we know the lad is strong mentally, just like his mentor Alan Shearer – but it would be just terrific if both Martins and Owen, and even Mark Viduka can start getting the side some goals on Monday night – a good win could definitely be the start of something big.