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.
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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