Ahead of this weekend’s Premier League matches, Michael Owen has used an amusing/unfortunate choice of words when talking about Newcastle United.

After spending four years earning £110,000 a week and keeping his Newcastle appearances to a minimum, as he attempted to ensure he was available for England…

Michael Owen then walked away on relegation without a backward glance, picking up further big paydays fir next to no return with Manchester United and Stoke City.

The one thing I will say about Owen, is that his total lack of self-awareness is mightily impressive.

Having lived a pampered and privileged life as a player, he has seamlessly moved into the world of punditry, where no doubt those around him still tell him how great he is and what a marvellous job he is doing.

Whilst any criticism that does get through the filters protecting him, will be dismissed by Michael Owen  as ignorant peasants with an axe to grind who don’t know what they are talking about.

Which is why when talking about his old club’s crucial match at St James Park on Saturday, Michael Owen can keep a straight face when he says that ‘It may be a case of misguided loyalty…’ when he is tipping Newcastle to beat Swansea.

It must be reassuring for all of us as Michael says he will ‘keep the faith in Newcastle’.

His parting line being that he hopes this current Newcastle team ‘…have the hunger’.

Which takes us back seven years, when we were all pinning our survival hopes on Michael Owen having the hunger…

Michael Owen writing for Colossus Bets:

“It may be a case of misguided loyalty but I think Newcastle could keep their survival prospects alive with a home 1-0 defeat of Swansea.

“It looks grim for them after their weekend loss at Southampton but at least Norwich were beaten as well, and that gives them a lifeline of sorts.

“Their home form is not that bad for a side staring relegation in the face but they clearly have to up their game to beat a Swansea side unbeaten in their last three, and coming here fresh from a 1-0 weekend defeat of Chelsea.

“But I keep the faith in Newcastle. For now. Hopefully, they have the hunger.”