Shearer Sweats On Owen Scan – But Why?

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.

Alan said:

“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.

Alan said:

“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.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • reetpetite

    May 18, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #1

    I think owen will be in for a shock when he signs his next contract. he will be very lucky to get a 1/4 of what he earns now.

  • tdt

    May 18, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Looks like beye and owen wont make it 4 villa:



    Jonas…Nolan…Guthrie(Butt prob tho)…Duff


  • Ericles

    May 18, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #3

    I agree. Owen has played his last game for NUFC. Yet Oba has a groin problem and still wants to play. Get out of Toon Owen and good riddance.

  • Toon Graeme

    May 18, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #4

    I resigned to the fact that Michael Owen is off.

    I quite simply dont care. Which is probably wrong.

    I have got nothing postive to say about our NUFC in a positive light today.

    My hand and knuckles are healing – after punching the wall on the way down the stairs of access 8. The less said about a stupid act the better. Wall = hard – hand = not = Wall + fist pain.

  • simon376@work

    May 18, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #5

    I admit he hasn’t done for us what we expected, but lets look at what he has.

    He kept us up last season, that repaid a lot of his costs (his transfer fee wasnt that much either as we got cash back from the FA)

    This season we haven’t played in a way where he could do anything. Really the way we have played none of our forwards could do much. We just kicked the ball up in the air and hoped for the best.

    If we had a team that had a half decent midfield and wingers who could cross, we would have seen a much better forward line and a better Owen and nowhere near rhe bottom of the table.

    Yes the players haven’t done as much as we wanted, but a lot of that is down to who has been in charge. The manager for most of teh season who has been one of the worst in many years. I would almost rather have Gullit back than JFK. The Owner for not doing something about it sooner. And whoever decideds on the coaching staff. That’s where our problems are really from.

    So no matter what division we are in next year, that is what must be sorted. Hopefuuly we have the right manager to take the team forward, now we just need the coaching staff and either this owner to sort himself out or a new one to come in.

    Just like our situiation in the league, it’s out of our hands

  • Isaac Hunt

    May 18, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #6

    The little waster!

    And let’s get this ‘injury prone’ idea into perspective. Apart from the England injury, it’s mostly about him SAYING he’s injured and not therefore not being selected.

    I’ve said it from day one. He’s a little waster. He never wanted to be here, the little carpet-bagger.

  • Isaac Hunt

    May 18, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Anybody who gets good sevice at 6 yards out will put them in ffs!

  • Macas35

    May 18, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #8

    I know I’ll get plenty of stick for this but the frontline looked a lot less effective against Fulham without Owen there and his positioning and movement. I’m pretty sure Viduka would rather play alongside Owen than Martins as he knows which channels he will run into etc. Martins is better as a sub, like he was at Inter every game. And to be honest Martins didn’t look that up for it on Saturday anyway.

  • Macas35

    May 18, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Ericles – Is the the same Oba who cried off at 10.00 on the morning of an important game? If you’re going to slag the players off at least be consistent.

  • Rodzilla

    May 18, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Macas35 // May 18, 2009 at 1:03 PM —-8

    I agree with what you’re saying there, although it is a case of ‘best of a bad bunch’. Martins is much better as a sub because even HE doesn’t know what the fk he’s gona do – it’s like Lomana Lua Lua all over again. We’ve got a right old patchwork squad going out on Sunday now anyway, although that seems to be how we operate at NUFC.

    My team for Villa would be:





    Martins and Spidey on as impact subs in last 35 – for who, depending on scoreline.

    …and I hope to fk Young and Agbonlahor are injured – I’ve resigned myself for Coca Cola now anyway. A victory would be us doing the treble. Last throw of the dice!

    P.S. Good equation ToonGraeme 😀

  • Rodzilla

    May 18, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #11

    *would be ‘like’ us doing the treble

  • Davies

    May 18, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m still grateful to Owen for keeping us up last season. Make no mistake, if we go down, someone will snap him up, maybe not on the ridiculous wage he’s on now, but he won’t want for first team Premier League action without us.

    I think offering to take a 50% pay cut is pretty decent. He obviously knows he hasn’t provided us with a good return, but somebody else will pay him 50% of what we do. It’s the first sign that he wants to stay, announced when we’re in the deepest sh*t we’ve been in for 17 years and he asking for a pay cut. Give the guy a break. He may yet save us (if he’s fit).

  • JJJ

    May 18, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #13


    Our front line looked far more effective against Borough when Owen went off>….

    The reason for this has FA to do with Owens “movement” etc.
    It has to do with the fact that Fulham are far better than Borough in defense.
    Not even Man U at Old Trafford looked like scoring.


    He is just pathetic and if he had an agreement to resign if we stayed up, then I sincerely hope we get relegated! Thats how much damage I think he does to this club.

    And no decent manager will want him in the summer.

  • JJJ

    May 18, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Owen is supposedly in his “prime” years yet non of the big clubs in Europe are remotely interested in him? Why? Because he is cr@p!

  • Macas35

    May 18, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #15

    JJJ – I’m not saying Owen is a fantastic striker anymore, but you don’t lose your intelligence as a striker when you lose your pace. Martins will never be an intelligent striker, but he has a burst of pace and in my opinion is better suited coming on as sub. Inter never started him and always brought him on during games. I just feel that Viduka plays better alongside someone like Owen as opposed to Martins. As for Fulham’s defence, I hardly think the likes of Hughes, Pantsil and Konchesky are formidable opponents. We just made them look good. And there will be quite a few clubs looking to sign Owen up at the end of the season. Lets face it, he singlehandedly kept us up last season.

  • reillers

    May 18, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #16

    I’ve said it 100 times before all this happened and I’ll say it again.
    Owen is overpaid, overvalued and does not nor did he ever deserve the captains armband.

    He is past it completely, he is a has been, nothing more then a big name who has never done it for us.

  • JJJ

    May 18, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #17


    “Owen single handedly kept us up”

    That is a joke statement… Owen relies on impecable serive to contribute anything. He is not capable of doing ANYTHING on the football field single handely.

    And Fulham dont have world class defenders but they have world class organisation at the back. Which is far more important.


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