Michael Owen, who has always been injury prone, surprised Newcastle fans on the negative side again, when he failed to play on Saturday with a groin problem.
Michael Owen – hardly key player for Newcastle this year
Newcastle United’s new manager Alan Shearer will find out today if Michael Owen will be fit for the final game of the season against Aston Villa.
If Michael is not fit, as we pointed out yesterday, he will have played his last game for the club and he will have to wear the mantle of being part of the worst transfer deal in Premier League history.
Great players deserve top wages because they produce when it matters.
Michael Owen hasn’t.
We are seeing that now over here with the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team – who recently beat the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs, when in the final 7th game, it went into overtime – and they scored first after over 18 minutes – and won the whole thing.
In their previous series they were 3-2 down with 50 seconds to play in the final 7th game, and scored twice to get through.
That’s hardly what Newcastle players have been doing – is it? The cardiac kids seem to be at Carolina.
It’s not even surprising to us that’s he’s been quoted over the weekend as being willing to take half the wages he earns at Newcastle to stay in top flight football.
The other way to put that is that Michael has creamed Newcastle for four seasons for £22M in wages, captained the side to relegation, did nothing to save the side and hasn’t scored since January, and will now leave if we are relegated, as he wants to stay in the Premier League.
Does that seem a little selfish? If that happens Michael – good riddance man!
But surprisingly Shearer is still hoping the former Liverpool great will be part of the squad for the clash at Aston Villa next Sunday.
“We’ll know more after his scan.”
The Newcastle great is also quite clear that Alex Ferguson, the greatest club manager ever, will pick a strong Manchester United team at Hull City.
“Whoever is picked, I am sure will do their football club justice.”
We shouldn’t even be talking about this – because it’s up to us what we do to stay up, and so far we haven’t done enough.
Let’s not blame anybody else for our demise, so we at least retain some class and dignity for our club.