Maybe we are the only ones, but we are not too dismayed at last night’s statement from the Newcastle club.
Michael Owen – never produced anything at Newcastle
Even if Chris has no money to bring in new players this summer, we still have the chance to get some top class loan players and some free agents in during the summer, if they will improve the squad.
We always thought that Freddy Shepherd wasted far too much of Newcastle’s money during his 10 year reign as Newcastle chairman – just to appease the fans, and there were not too many of his big transfer buys that ever paid off.
Remember when he tried to sign Wayne Rooney in the summer of 2004 for £25M when our defense was just hopeless, and he didn’t even tell the then manager Bobby Robson.
Of course Freddy made yet another stupid decision a few weeks later when he sacked Bobby Robson after a few games of the 2004-2005 season and brought in ………. the hopeless Graeme Souness.
Add to that the fact that when you bring youngsters through the club’s Youth system they are much more attached to the club than big signings are who often arrived just for the money.
They don’t have the couldn’t care less attitude of a number of our recent players – like Michael Owen for instance – the most overpaid player in Newcastle’s long history.
We found it enlightening that Owen was quoted late last week hoping Manchester United could get the Premiership title and win him a Premier League winners medal.
And what was Michael doing? Injured yet again as he was for almost his full four years on Tyneside, which cost the Newcastle club £40M in transfer fees and wages.
Michael earns money these days only because of what he once was – a world-class player – no doubt about that – but not anymore.
Owen’s a player whose let his fame and fortune affect his attitude and play, and he no longer has the hunger to be great – and he isn’t.
We don’t mean to be too hard on Michael, because he seems a good guy, but as a professional he got his money at Newcastle for nothing, and when we really needed him at the end of last season to avoid our disastrous relegation, he didn’t produce at all and couldn’t even get into the starting eleven.
We’d much rather see players like Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Jose Enrique, Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith and lots of others at the club right now, only too willing to run through a brick wall for the famous Tyneside club.
We love to see that commitment, and it will stand us in very good stead next season, back in the Premiership, just wait and see.
All Michael Owen seems to talk about these days is his future as a horse trainer – and maybe it’s time for him to start that new career.