Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Newcastle and Owen united

I didn’t expect them to land Michael Owen, but in a swoop that could just save Graeme Souness from being the first Premiership manager fired, Newcastle United have splashed out a club record 17m pounds for the England international.

It’s a surprisingly high fee, but if this is any sign of fortune, it was the fee for Alan Shearer’s transfer that was broken when in ’96 Newcastle splashed out 15m pounds from Blackburn Rovers.

Liverpool looked hot competition for the player, but when the fee started to climb it quickly became apparent this was a one horse race, regardless of Owen’s visit to Liverpool the other day.

For Real Madrid, in a rare turn of events, they actually pocket money on a player, they only paid 8.5m pounds for Owen to begin with, but I think its more a sign of Newcastle’s desperation considering their shabby start to the season, albeit the football at times has been quite good.

For Owen it’s a clear starting spot with Alan Shearer, the master of heading balls on, to link up with and with their previous England experience together counting for something, he’s in a decent position. Joining so early in the season, Michael Owen could easily score 20 goals for United.


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Blogger Cathal Breathnach said...

I was very surprised Owen went to Newcastle beacuse I was sure that he would end up at Liverpool

8/30/2005 10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Financial meltdown will not be far away if the gamble for Euro football fails miserably in fickle-fan Geordie-land. One week the fans hate Souness, the next 20,000 of them profess their love for his risky signing of Owen - a player who has destroyed every striking partner he has ever played with.

8/31/2005 6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you say that? If not for Owen, Heskey would have been relegated to the bench and out of the England squad much earlier.

9/01/2005 12:54 AM  
Blogger jon said...

After we paid for our kids summer camp 2005 we found it tough to recover! I totally agree with you!

10/03/2005 1:57 AM  

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