Michael Owen has been interviewed in the Star today, and he seems to be happy enough that his record transfer fee at Newcastle of around £16M has been broken.
That happened last Thursday when we signed Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United for a fee that will eventually rise to $20.5M ($27M).
It was in August of 2005 when Newcastle signed Owen with Graeme Souness, the manager at the time.
The Liverpool manager at the time – Rafa Benitez – was not willing to sign Michael back for the Reds.
Owen had been transferred the year earlier after Benitez had just arrived at Liverpool from a successful stint at Valencia.
Michael Owen while at Newcastle – circa late 2007
By August of 2005 Rafa had already won the Champions League in his very first season at Liverpool – the Miracle in Istanbul – when the Reds came back from 3-0 down at half time against AC Milan to win the game on penalties.
This is what Owen has said in the Star when asked why his record has stood for so long at Newcastle:
“I suppose I was surprised, yeah,”
“My fee was about £16m – it gets reported as a couple of different figures – but you would have thought even in this day and age moderate players can go for similar figures.”
“I know they sold players for a lot more and they worked the transfer window well in certain periods of time.”
“I remember when they signed a couple of French players and sold a couple of them on for decent money – Moussa Sissoko being a good example.”
“Every single time I tend to read an article about a Newcastle transfer I’d get a mention in it so hopefully they’ll leave me out now.”
“I’ve watched a bit of him and he looks a talented player.”
“He’s obviously a flair player, scores goals, creates goals, has got a good left foot.”
“He’s been successful in the American league, whether that can translate is the big question.”
“He doesn’t look like a huge physical presence, he’s more technical.”
“We just hope in the Premier League with the pace and the physical aspect of the game he still manages to show his ability because he’s certainly got a lot of it.”
“I’m sure he will spark it to a certain extent but I’m a big believer that you can’t just go and buy one attacking player or a center forward and think, ‘Right, we’re going to score goals now’.
“The teams that score lots of goals, they’re attacking teams rather than just having great center-forwards.”
Almiron spent yesterday in his first training session with Newcastle, and he will be introduced today in a press conference.
Our next game is at Wolves on Monday night, and he will like make his debut then – maybe he will come on from the bench?