This one’s interesting: if reports are to be believed, Everton manager David Moyes is apparently keen on signing Michael Owen. Well, if the former England striker didn’t anger Liverpool fans enough by joining Manchester United, then a move to the blue half of Merseyside should just about clinch it.
In fact, online publication Crunch Sports has it that both Everton and West Ham may make a move for the injury-prone striker this month, with both sides primarily interested in a loan deal due to lack of funds.
Owen is currently well and truly last in the pecking order at Old Trafford, and would welcome the prospect of regular first-team football. However, having allowed Danny Welbeck, Mame Biram Diouf and now Federico Macheda to go out on loan, Alex Ferguson may be hesitant to release Owen as well, leaving United with just three recognised strikers.
Yet the real problem with this rumour is its assumption that Owen would add anything at all to either Everton or West Ham. Because, quite honestly, he wouldn’t; at United he is little more than an extra body should the need arise, and Avram Grant or David Moyes surely couldn’t expect much more from Owen, who will never be anything like the player he once was.
These two clubs boast youth systems which have produced some of the best footballers around, three of whom are currently playing in the United first-team! (Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney)
If they’re that short on options and that short on funds, they should look to their own youth teams, and steer clear of players like Owen, whose physical frailties will likely make them more trouble than they’re worth.