Oguchi Onyewu played on loan at Newcastle in the second half of the 2006-2007 season, and appeared 11 times for Newcastle, but at the end of that loan spell from Standard Leige, he wasn’t a starter and manager ta the time Glenn Roeder decided not to sign the American International 6’4″ center-back to a permanent deal.
Oguchi Onyewu – free agent but not joining Newcastle
And since then Oguchi has played at Milan, Sporting Lisbon and Sheffield Wednesday and has been pit on loan at FC Twente, QPR and Milago.
Onyewu is now a free agent, and he recently learned he didn’t make Jurgen Klinsmann’s provisional 30 man US squad for the World Cup this summer, and is said to be disappointed at that.
This is what he has recently said:
“I was gutted not to be selected for the World Cup. I thought this past season I’d done everything I could to get in the 30-man roster.”
“I played 18 games with Sheffield Wednesday and played 90 minutes each time so I felt I’d washed away those injury concerns but life goes on.”
“Right now no decisions have been made but I’m aiming to stay in the UK,’ ‘It’s always a possibility that I will stay at Wednesday, but I want to weigh my options before I make a final decision.”
” Who knows, maybe I’ll have the opportunity to play for Newcastle again, you never know.’
And it’s that last line that has generated the news that he may rejoin Newcastle, but was probably said only in jest.
But he wasn’t good enough seven years ago when he was in his prime, an d having just turned 32 it’s very unlikely – to say the least – that he will sign for Newcastle this summer .
But we’re sure he would love to do that, because he was very positive about the club back in 2007, and he was a first class professional in his attitude and the way he went about things in training.
He’s played 69 times with 6 goals for the USA national side, and when on his game he is a strong and powerful defender at the back.
But there’s no way this player will be joining Newcastle in the summer.
Onyewu played for Newcastle just before Mike Ashley bought the club back in June of that year, and before Glenn Roeder was sacked and replaced by big Sam Allardyce in May of 2007.
But then Mike Ashley came in.
What do you think?