There are several reports this morning that Everton will offer Michael Owen a contract in the summer.
Michael Owen – not worth his wages or transfer fee
Manager David Moyes has done a fantastic job for Everton, and they do not have a lot of money to spend, so they have to look for good free agent players like Michael Owen.
Currently Moyes has Jo on loan since January through the end of the season but is unlikely to be able of buy the player, even if he wanted to. But this has not stopped Everton doing very well again this year and with 3 games to go, they are in 6th place on 56 points, a full 8 points ahead of West Ham in 7th place.
This is a club that Newcastle should try to copy, even if we will have more money to spend than David Moyes has ever received. It’s a well run and expertly managed club, there’s not much doubt about that.
Owen will be leaving Newcastle if we are relegated, which is now more likely than not, and the only question comes if we actually survive.
However, with Owen not doing much at all for Newcastle this year, with just a single goal, and hardly looking very good either, why would we want to keep him with his £110K/week compensation eating up the wage bill?
And it’s not like he’s our best player either, having been dropped recently by both Chris Hughton and even his pal, Alan Shearer.
So even if we do stay up, it’s a good question whether Michael is worth keeping, or should we cut our losses, which are quite considerable with Michael.
After 4 years on Tyneside, he has cost the club around £40M in transfer fees and wages (transfer fee of £17M and wages around £5.75/year), and he has scored 30 goals for us in 77 total appearances, which includes only 64 starts over the 4 seasons.
That’s hardly a good return, and as far as captain goes we could go with Habib Beye or Kevin Nolan next season, both of whom would be better captains that Michael has been. Michael has been almost non-existent with leadership in our troubles over the last two months.
If he scores a hat trick on Monday night we should reconsider all of this. 😀