There was something too familiar yesterday, when we heard that Michael Owen had withdrawn at the very last moment from the Newcastle team to play their vital game with Fulham, which of course we ended up losing because we again couldn’t score any goals, and may now be doomed to the Championship.
Michael Owen – can he get bumper contract at another club?
He shouldn’t base contract on appearances or goals – that’s old fashioned
But if that happens don’t worry Michael will simply join another Premier league club and probably go to the highest bidder for his services – make no mistake Michael puts himself out for nobody.
And exactly what has Michael given to the club over the last four seasons – in short – not much.
If we assume he’s on £5.5M/year in wages then he has cost Newcastle £39M over four seasons, and he’s scored just 30 goals. Yes – that’s £1.3M for each goal scored and he’s hasn’t scored when it’s mattered – not since January in fact.
The great players are those who produce in the big games when it’s necessary – and Michael hasn’t even scored for Newcastle since January – and we will not even mention that he’s been dropped for the side twice recently.
In his 4 years at the club Michael has appeared just 77 times, with 64 starts – hopeless.
No, we have to face the facts and Michael Owen has been the worst Premier League buy ever.
He’s cost the club about 1/.3M and in his last season captained the side that was relegated.
When you think Mike Ashley pays out around £74M in wages to this lot – to say her hasn’t got his moneys worth is not saying it strongly enough.
Setanta Sports brought out a story yesterday saying the problems with Newcastle was simply they had too many players with weak characters who couldn’t produce this year, when it mattered.
Michael is one of the them of course, and we well remember 25,000 Newcastle fans turning up in September, 2005 after we had just signed him. One of our twin sons Neil thought he would be awesome at Newcastle, and so did I.
But Newcastle fans have never really taken to him, because he doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve and hardly says what he means in interviews – in fact we have no idea what he really thinks – even now.
If we go down we hope Alan will stay on and he’ll have to unload most of these less than cardiac kids.
He can start with Owen, Barton, Viduka, Gutierrez (hopeless again yesterday), Coloccini, Geremi, Cacapa, the 5.7M Xisco who is now 8th best striker at the club.
Oh, and we should send Nacho González back to Spain – he makes Marcelino look like a fit, enthusiastic and committed player for us. He appeared twice for us early in the season as a substitute. How you can have an Achilles injury for 9 months is beyond us.
But that’s just one of the many things that have gone wrong at the club this season, and we’ll pay for it with relegation.
And it will be both an embarrassment and a tragedy for the proud club that is Newcastle United – make no mistake about that.