Can Michael Owen Still Come Good For Newcastle?


We’ve all been told by football experts that if there’s one striker you would want in your team in a relegation struggle, it’s Michael Owen.

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Michael Owen – can he score some goals to save Newcastle?
 
But Michael just hasn’t produced the goods, just like he hasn’t produced the goods for Newcastle in his 4 seasons at the club, and he is in danger of being one of the worst buys ever in Premier League history.

There’s still time to change all that of course and a couple of goals, when they count, like against Middlesbrough next Monday night could quickly change things. Newcastle will save millions and millions of pounds if the club can avoid the drop, so goals from Owen will make his huge wages even seem worth while – if we can avoid the drop.

We feel a bit sorry for Mike Ashley, yes we know that may come as a bit of a shock to our readers, but there’s precious little Mike can do about things right now, and he’s just like any other fan.

The big difference is that Mike will stand to lose at least £100M if we get relegated – and we cannot believe he can still watch the games. 😀

Yes – we know it’s probably his fault and all that, but he’s also going to be losing a fortune for those mistakes, that he admits he has made at Newcastle this season. It’s hard for us to watch these games these days and we will not lose a penny, just some beats of the heart.

Alan talked about Michael Owen to Setanta Sports, and he was asked whether he thought Michael was fully fit, even now:

“He didn’t have a pre-season behind him so probably the answer is ‘no’,” “He did miss a chance the other night against Portsmouth that you’d expect him to put away.”

“But so did Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins, so it’d be unfair to single him out.” “I’m looking for goals from all of them.”

“That means I’m trying to jig and use the players I’ve got available to me, whoever is not injured as they can’t be involved. “I’m trying to get formations or players out who will get us a result in that particular game.” 

It’s more than ironic that Alan Shearer, one of the greatest English goal-scorers of all time, is having trouble with his own strikers, who cannot seem to hit the net for love nor money.

Just for thee record Alan played 733 first class games in his career with Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United and scored an amazing 379 goals. That’s just an unbelievable record of over 51% of goals per appearance. Wow!

Hey, maybe we need an own goal from Middlesbrough on Monday night to get us going. Do you think they’ll oblige?

It’s either that or getting Alan to bring his boots along for next Monday.

Comments very welcome.


115 comments so far

  • G 2

    May 6, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #1

    No as we dont have the midfield to create chances for him.

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  • DJG

    May 6, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Simple answer no.. these days he cares more about helecopters and horses than high balls and heel flicks.

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  • dveselis

    May 6, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Oh, I thought that he has already gone away, haven`t seen him lately on the pitch…

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  • DJG

    May 6, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Have you noticed how he avoids the ball and trys to stay un-injured (wouldn’t say fit) so that some club like Wigan will want to take him on a free.

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  • huss37

    May 6, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Owen will never get a goal unless he turns into one of his much beloved horses and grows four legs and learns how to run….Everton here i come…(thank F*ck)

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  • JJJ

    May 6, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #6

    No, in all likely hood Owen wont score and has been no better than average over the past 4 years (if average)…
    But Looking at the squad, we probably have no choice but to play him.

    Starting line up,, I’d go for:

    ————————Harper—————————

    S Taylor——-Beye———–Bassong———-Duff

    —————————-Butt—————————

    ———-Guthrie———————-Jonas————

    —————————Owen————————–

    ——————-Viduka——-Martins—————-

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  • Pedro

    May 6, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #7

    I can’t see him starting against middlesborough. I hope Viduka notches one past his old club, these things happen! Oh an if Ste Taylor isnt fit then i pray to god big al drops Coloccini and calls in young Edgar.

    Edgar will come good for us, and with him S. Taylor and Bassong (assuming we dont get relegated and he stays) we can bin off Coloccini and Cacapa, then we’d only need bring in another and we’d be set for CBs!

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  • bowburnmag

    May 6, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #8

    We often criticise players for their lack of loyalty and yet we seem desperate to rip this kid to shreds mercilessly.
    Yes, of course, circumstances suggest in the past he has conveniently reached match fitness around crucial international games/tournaments.
    Yes, of course, we have clearly missed the best of this player.
    Yes, his form has been bitterly disappointing of late, particularly under the circumstances when we need him to perform most.
    He cost us an awful lot of money and admittedly has played too few games to begin justifying either his price tag or his wages.
    But last season he played a vital role in keeping us in the Premiership.
    His ratio is 38% for us, or something close to that and apparently “he is in danger of being one of the worst buys ever in Premier League history”.
    Really though Ed?

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  • reillers

    May 6, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #9

    No. Simple as that. I’ve said it for a few seasons now. He never really has come good fo us. He’s always injured. He only ever scores off other peoples hard work.
    He is over paid, overated and doesn’t deserve to be captain. He’s never earned it.
    He doesn’t work on the pitch but takes plaudits on the rare occasion he does score thanks to other people’s work.
    He is a has been, big name and that’s what we’re paying him for.

    He’s always given me the impression that he thinks he’s better then the club and is doing us a favour being here.
    I think he think’s he’s a lot better then he is and I think he’ll get a mighty shock when he wants to leave and no one on the top half of the table wants him.

    He’s past it, just a big name who does not deserve his wage, the captaincy or a starting spot for that matter.

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  • toooooonfan

    May 6, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #10

    anyone heard gutierrez has been hospitalised as he has suspected swine flu.
    apparantly after a trip to south america to see family he contracted it

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 6, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #11

    toooooonfan

    Cause he has.

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  • komfort

    May 6, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #12

    owen will play and score the goals to save our season..have trust in him..shearer has.

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    May 6, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #13

    BowburnMag I think I may have to agree with Ed as regards Owen being one of the worst buys in the premiership. When you take into account Buying cost, Wages, Medical Bills against Goals and Games at the end of this contract the estimated cost of him and his wages are approx£39 million before medical expences.

    For 69 league apperances and 26 league goals which is just about 44% of apperances and 37% goal ratio. Is that really worth £39 million?

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    May 6, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #14

    gotta love Malouda’s hair

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A50961990

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  • Rorycn

    May 6, 2009 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #15

    To be fair if it’s fair enough to single him out for praise and be told what a talent he is it’s fair to single him out for criticism when he’s crap.

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  • Rodzilla

    May 6, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #16

    I worked it out the other day, appearance-wise Owen’s goals have cost us just over 600k a piece.

    …if he can get us 4 or 5 over our next 3 games it might just ‘balance the books’ though! Come arn Michael ye little fker!

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  • Rodzilla

    May 6, 2009 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #17

    …*600k a piece in relation to his transfer fee.

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  • NicoGF

    May 6, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed, we are bored of the same news over and over. Bring on Nacho news. He’s the only one who can save us.

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  • Big Dave

    May 6, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #19

    NicoGF I take it Nacho is back in full training etc if he can save us. oh and hows he been doing in the reserves lately ??

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  • Dingo†®

    May 6, 2009 at 9:24 PM

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 6, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #21
  • workyticket

    May 6, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Rodzilla // May 6, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    “I worked it out the other day, appearance-wise Owen’s goals have cost us just over 600k a piece.”

    Is that with or without the £6 million compen for getting knacked in the World Cup, Rod?

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  • Dingo†®

    May 6, 2009 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #23

    great goal chealsea out

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 6, 2009 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #24

    By god Drogba wasnt happy, but I do feel for the official.

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  • batty

    May 6, 2009 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #25

    that ref in the chelsea game was a fckin disrace

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  • batty

    May 6, 2009 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #26

    feel sorry for the ref i wish ballack had of chinned the fckin c0nt

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  • Rodzilla

    May 6, 2009 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #27

    Worky, credit due (pardon the pun), I never included the compo.

    …still, I’d imagine medical/rehabilitation costs have probably bit a fair chunk out of that.

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  • beyethegreat

    May 6, 2009 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #28

    i thought the drog moment hillarious especially when he looked to the camera and said a gisgrace a f—in disgrace lol though the ref was crap and i do feel sorry for chelsea

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  • Rodzilla

    May 6, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #29

    …agreed batty, for me Chelsea should’ve had THREE penalties, against 11 men.

    Drogba will get a hefty fine for that hissy-fit though, especially swearing directly at the camera

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 6, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #30

    batty

    The official throughout the game with awful but being confronted like that is not nice. HELL ON!!

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  • batty

    May 6, 2009 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #31

    beyethegreat but drogba was right m8 wasent he the ref was a fckin disrace

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  • Rodzilla

    May 6, 2009 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #32

    HAHAHA WELL DONE SKY!!!

    ….good dubbing! 😀

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 6, 2009 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #33

    Hilarious!! Put the beep in a the wrong time lol

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  • stevep

    May 6, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #34

    chelsea penalties – you’re joking man, Malouda just fell over and drogba dived as ever)
    handball rule is simple hand to ball which it wasn’t

    Chelsea were bloody awful and thier lack of adventure let them down badly

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  • batty

    May 6, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #35

    toonfactor but what would you do if some one had just robbed you

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  • stevep

    May 6, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #36

    chelsea players constantly diving – scared to attack – 10 men behind the ball – agree the ref was poor – sending off was a joke – don’t think they really had a shout for a pen tho

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  • stevep

    May 6, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #37

    drogba had a chance to change it and he fluffed it – what a miss

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  • batty

    May 6, 2009 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #38

    stevep what planet are you on the 1 ten mins from the end was a stone wall pen the ball was going past him and he lifted his hand to stop it

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 6, 2009 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #39

    batty

    actually when I think about it imagine if it was us, last day of the season- win and we stay up, and that happened!!!!!! Maybe im being biased supporting my country.

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  • Rodzilla

    May 6, 2009 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #40

    I beg to differ stevep. 3 penalties for me still – but I’m not a referee!

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