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It’s The End Of The Road For Michael Owen

12:00 am, Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

It looks like this season may be the last one for Michael Owen, after he has again out with injuries, and has yet to start a Premier League game for Stoke City.

Soccer - Michael Owen joins Stoke City

Michael Owen – when signing on at Stoke

The Mail on Sunday reported that Michael will not be offered a new deal this summer when his contract runs out at the Potters.

But Stoke City are finding out what Newcastle and Manchester United already knew – that Owen’s physical fitness and body will not stand up to the rigors of the Premier League.

In his four years at Newcastle from 2005 through 2009 – when Newcastle were relegated – he made only 79 appearances and scored 30 goals, yet we paid this lad £110K/week and gave Real Madrid £17M for him, and we worked out that cost Newcastle about £1.3M a goal when he left us in his helicopter two days after we were relegated in May of 2009.

And in three years at Manchester United – a side that plays over 60 matches a season – he made only 52 appearances with 17 goals and at Stoke this season he has just 7 appearances with one goal.

So in his last eight seasons he has made just 138 appearances and scored 48 goals – an average of around 17 appearances with six goals every season – and heaven knows how much money he made for that kind of low productivity.

Michael Owen has been way past his best for many years now – and we wonder if any club will offer him a new deal for next season – we’d be surprised if any big club will do that for the 33 year-old spent force in football called Michael Owen.

And it’s not that Michael needs the money –  he’s worth around £50M today.

Michael was a world-class forward from 1998,  when he broke onto the International scene at the World Cup for England, until around 2004, when he was a sub for Real Madrid.

It’s a case of potential going unfulfilled – well at least for the last nine years.

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Big Pappa Cissé // Mar 12, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Used to have a lot of respect for the guy and but over the last few years he has shown he is more interested in wan*ing horses than playing the game he supposedly loves. I know injuries have hindered his career but now I just have a severe dislike for the guy :)

  • 2 RonVanDam // Mar 12, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Who cares about Owen. He hasnt done anything worthwhile for you to look up and take notice for a decade.

  • 3 RonVanDam // Mar 12, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Enjoyed when his twitter account blew up on his last year though.

  • 4 RonVanDam // Mar 12, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    I got 2 words for Owen – Bench Warmer

  • 5 RonVanDam // Mar 12, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    http://www.sabotagetimes.com/reportage/heatmap-of-michael-owen-against-newcastle-owenownedontwitter/

  • 6 darrylwe // Mar 12, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    I think his knee buckling in the world cup 2006 killed a great player. I can’t see him playing in the top flight again. Has anyone done an interview with Saylor after Stoke? http://youtu.be/4cLJ3DSzurQ want to know if his antics were planned or just invented on the spot.

  • 7 hdavid23 // Mar 12, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    i think Real selling us Owen was their revenge for us selling them Woodgate lol

  • 8 Graeme // Mar 12, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    RVD – You only need one word for Mr Owen –

    PARASITE.

  • 9 Brutooon // Mar 12, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    he is too ego that he refuse to play for championship team and below

  • 10 Owldman // Mar 12, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    The Scrapman spent the £15 mill earmarked to provide better access to level 7 now all of us with seats up there either have to wait about 20 minutes to use the lift or make the agonising hike up all those stairs just to bring that useless waste of space to SJP, HATE THE MAN!

  • 11 Troy Stavers // Mar 12, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Michael Owen on twitter;

    “Just signed autographs for about 40 Newcastle fans outside our hotel. Not one single bad word spoken towards me. I reckon them exact same people will be booing the life out of me should I appear on the pitch today!!!”

    What a twat he is! The people getting the autographs are no doubt kids in the majority or autograph hunting geeks who have no intention of booing him.

    I can’t wait til the next time he turns up at the Toon. I will ensure I turn up just to slate him in front of his face and give him a Troy Stavers signature autograph. 😀

  • 12 rfcready // Mar 12, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Part of Newcastle timeline that’s thankfully in the past.

  • 13 the bloody geordie // Mar 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    excuse meplease…but this chap is who..???

  • 14 toonluvva // Mar 12, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Never recovered from his World cup injury. My man beef with him was that his treatment was paid for by the toon, but he refused to sign a short contract and decided to go off on a free. No loyalty, no class.




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