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.