Michael Owen Out For The Season – Injury Woes Continue

Newcastle United were right to get rid of Michael Owen last summer, because Michael is just too injury prone to deserve the high wages his football fame demands.

Michael Owen – out for the season

However, we have a feeling that if Newcastle had avoided relegation last season, Michael was only too willing to sign and stay on Tyneside, and the club could well have offered him a  new contract, which would have been more than he deserved.

And of course Michael Owen’s season is now over, due to the hamstring injury he picked up during the Red Devils Carling Cup Final 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Wembley last Saturday.

The TV cameras caught the time when Michael pulled his hamstring, as he moved and felt his thigh, just before a corner kick in the first half, with nobody near him.

And any talk about Michael being part of the England’s World Cup squad has been nonsense – he just hasn’t deserved a recall.

And it has hardly helped his claim that the only time you see the player is warming the Manchester United bench.

The fact that Michael is willing to do that shows us he’s lost his ambition in football, and there’s no doubt he was once a great player.

The injury picked up last Saturday on a very heavy Wembley pitch, was much worse than first thought, and Alex Ferguson said today:

“It’s a bad blow – he’s out for the season,” “Unfortunately it’s more serious than we thought. He will be operated on on Monday morning.”

“It’s a terrible blow for the lad and is disappointing news for us too. He has never missed a training session all season. I think the heavy pitch at Wembley on Sunday made some contribution to it but really it is just bad luck.”

We remember well when Michael burst onto the scene at Liverpool, in the 1997-1998 season and scored that terrific goal for England against Argentina, when he played alongside a certain Alan Shearer, in the famous game in which England were eliminated and David Beckham was sent off early in the second half.

Even when Michael was young he suffered from hamstring injuries, and this injury will hardly make things any easier for the 30 year-old in the future.

Much better if he was playing more at some lesser club, where he could get a first team start every week.

Michael is paid per performance and goals this season at Manchester, so this will not be good for his earnings this year.

But his stats are surprisingly good at the Red Devils this season, having appeared 31 times with 11 starts and 9 goals. But there again he’s playing for one of the top clubs in the world.

Manchester United have already played over 40 games this season, at least, and Michael has had very few starts with Ferguson preferring Rooney and Berbatov for the big games.

For the record Owen was at Newcatsle for four seasons from August, 2005 until last summer, and during that time he appeared 79 times for the Magpies and scored 30 goals.

Since he cost £17M from Real Madrid  in 2005, and we got nothing for him when he became a free agent last year, and he was paid £110K/week at Newcastle, those 30 goals in four years cost the Newcastle club about £40M in total.

Each goal cost the Tyneside club £1.33M – so you see what we mean – he just wasn’t worth it and it’s probably one of the worst deals ever made in PL history.

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16 comments so far

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 5, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #1

    HA HA!

  • Mark-o

    Mar 5, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Couldnt have happened to a nicer bloke.

  • Mad Magpies

    Mar 5, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #3

    What a shame eh!!!

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Mar 5, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Little weasel

  • BuryStEdmundsToon

    Mar 5, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #5

    I wouldnt say he is injury prone…. more that he is fitness prone!

  • BuckBlack

    Mar 5, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #6

    See. Every cloud has a silver lining.

    At least getting relegated (courtesy of King Chubby and The Streak) resulted in us getting rid of the above-mentioned money-pit-on-legs.

  • Steve_48

    Mar 5, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Don’t like to see anyone hurt but in this case I’ll make an exception, should start to work for the Tax Office when he finally hangs up his boots as he can get blood from a stone, bloody mercenary

  • Alan

    Mar 5, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #8

    hahahaha i bet hes loving it, nice bit of free time with his horsies now!

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 5, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #9

    England and Man utd chances for success this year have gone.

    Outstanding all round player, holds the ball up superbly and his all round play couldn’t be better and isnt afriad to fight and stick his foot in.

    Hes a player who plays football to play football and not for money and i think Puyol and Ramos can sleep easier in the summer now.

  • Ericles

    Mar 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Why waste blog space on a space and time waster such as Michael Owen? Today is the funeral of Charlie Crowe – a Geordie stalwart for NUFC. Why has he received so little tribute on this site? We cannot all remember him obviously but on a day like today we could have forgotten Michael Owen surely?

  • jackdnufc

    Mar 5, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #11

    I second Ericles on this one.

  • Paul141726

    Mar 5, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Yes-I agree. He’s now second hand (if not third hand) news. Let’s move on.

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 5, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Ha ha ha,
    He was the guy saying that he wasn`t injury prone after leaving NUFC….
    Sorry to tell you this Michael but you are indeed
    Injury prone

  • Geordie Matriarch

    Mar 5, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Re Charlie Crowe – I so agree. And you must have seen him play, Ed, because I think you used to be watching games in the 50’s like me. We really should celebrate his footballing life.

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 5, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #15

    He is the main reason I want to see Man U not win the league or anything else this season. I don’t like the fact he picked up the carling cup and it would make me very happy to see him miss out again. I hope he never wins anything

  • Solaidback

    Mar 6, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Robby Bobson // Mar 5, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    England and Man utd chances for success this year have gone.

    Outstanding all round player, holds the ball up superbly and his all round play couldn’t be better and isnt afriad to fight and stick his foot in.

    Hes a player who plays football to play football and not for money and i think Puyol and Ramos can sleep easier in the summer now.
    You’re having a laugh mate, he was never gonna get into the England squad & I bet you Manc Usa will try to get money out of the FA for Owens injury on Egland duty, bit like we did lol

    So if you think he’s the only reason we’ would win the World cup, you’re not really a football fan & especially not a true TOON fan either!!!


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