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Michael Owen, Deluded Or …Very Deluded?

Manchester United striker Michael Owen has today claimed that he will be a top Premier League striker for another 5 years. With all due respect to the England international, who is he trying to fool?

Owen’s early career saw the player considered one of the best young talents in world football, amassing 118 goals in 216 appearances for Liverpool. This record secured an £8 million move to Spanish galacticos, Real Madrid and this is where things started to go wrong for the player.

A widely considered poor spell in Spain, resulted in a move back to England with North East outfit, Newcastle. However a series of injuries hampered Owens time at St James’ Park, which eventually saw the club relegated to the Championship.

In a surprise move, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson decided to take a gamble on the former England star in bringing him to Old Trafford. Despite scoring some key goals, most notably the winner in a 4-3 victory against rivals Manchester City last season, Owen is a shell of his former self and doesn’t look like recapturing his past form anytime soon.

If the player is able to somehow extend a stop start career for another 5 years, which would see him retire aged 35, it will most definitely not be with a club of the calibre of Manchester United. However, the problem of possibly moving to a smaller Premier League club in the years to come, remains in Owen’s continuously high wage demands.

Although Newcastle United were able to afford the player’s wage demands, which were believed to be over £100k a week, no other club outside the top four would be able to afford anywhere near this amount and therefore would be very unlikely to want to take such a big gamble on an injury prone aging striker.

With the likes of Federico Macheda and new signing Javier Hernandez seemingly ahead of Owen in the Red Devils squad, the former Real Madrid man should be concentrating on working hard and putting in the effort to make it into Ferguson’s line up this campaign, rather than looking at how long he can drag out his career for.

In a career that saw him find the net on 40 occasions in just 89 games for his national side, Owen must take care to make sure the legacy of his early scoring days for Liverpool and England live on in fans memories and not have them blemished by a journey man end of career, that lasted a few years too long and saw him unable to rekindle the form that made him a firm fan favourite at Anfield.

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