What a career Michael Owen should have had. When he was 17 and breaking through into the Liverpool first team, the British media would have had you believe that Owen was the 2nd coming and he was going to take England out of the footballing doldrums and into the light, sadly it never happened.
Mostly not through his own fault, a career blighted by injuries has now turned the striker into the butt of many jokes, sometimes he doesn’t help himself, that brand image brochure? Taking helicopters too and from training with Newcastle? Being immensely dull when interviewed or speaking? Take your pick really, but mostly he will be remembered as the player that could have had it all, and failed as his body slowly fell apart!
Despite his injuries, Owen has scored goals wherever he has been, during his 8 seasons with Liverpool he played 297 games and scored 158 goals. When he moved to Madrid, Owen was criticised for his form, which really was uncalled for, he only lasted one season but he scored 16 times for the club, not bad for a player playing for the first time in a new country.
It was his time at Newcastle where he really suffered through injury, he moved for a fee of £16million, and despite most of us assuming he failed on Tyneside he once again had a pretty impressive scoring record, notching up 30 goals in 79 games, however, playing only 79 games over the course of 4 seasons
demonstrates his injury problems pretty clearly. Much maligned for his move to Manchester United, Owen has never played much more than a minor part for the Old Trafford side, and now in his second season he is played 42 games, scoring 13 goals.
It now appears that Everton, the club he supported as a child, may try sign the former Liverpool striker in an attempt to bolster their attacking force for next season. David Moyes may be joined by Sunderland in setting up moves for the one time Real Madrid striker, the Wearside club tried to sign Owen in January only to fail to convince Sir Alex Ferguson to sell his striker.
It is thought that Everton may be best placed to complete the signing, Owen still has many ties to Merseyside and he used to support the club. Any deal that would be offered would be incentive based, and most likely a pay as you play deal that is similar to the one he is currently on at Manchester United. Competition for places at Sunderland is a lot stronger than Everton, so I am not sure that a move to the Stadium of Light would even create that many more first team opportunities for Owen.
There are questions however for me over the transfer to Everton, the toffee’s already have Louis Saha, another striker who has been blighted by injuries and I am not sure whether Michael Owen is the answer to their problems.
If the Goodison Park side could sign a striker to end their goal scoring problems on a consistant basis then I can really see them pushing on, providing Owen wasn’t the only forward coming into the club I can see the usefulness of the deal, he would over excellent experience but any club relying on Owen as their main goal threat could be disapointed.
A move away from Manchester United seems an almost certainty this Summer, and providing his signature was to act as cover and to work with younger players I think it could be a very shrewd deal, but a side signing him to play 38 plus games a season…I am not so sure.
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