Michael Owen Falls In Love With NUFC A Few Years Too Late
Following the excellent performance against West Brom, Michael Owen used Twitter to reveal his PFA team of the year contained three Newcastle United players AND he makes United(!) his ‘team of the year’ as well.
We had to cast our votes [for the PFA Player of the Year] earlier this week as well as our team of the year.
I went for Robin Van Persie. Stand out winner in my opinion”.
Michael Owen’s PFA Team of the Year (4-4-2): Joe Hart (Manchester City); Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Leighton Baines (Everton), Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United), Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur), David Silva (Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur); Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Demba Ba (Newcastle United).
Obviously his love-in with St.James’ Park has been a few years too late in coming but fair play to Owen for not letting the animosity shown by us (the fans) put him off being so appreciative of what has happened under Alan Pardew’s leadership.
I think Michael Owen’s big problem is that he isn’t really in love with football, he was very good at it but I think it is more of a job to him, a bit similar to David Batty who openly said he came in did his job (trained/played) and left football behind when he left home.
Owen has never had a long lasting love affair with fans of any club he’s played for, even Liverpool where he had an excellent goalscoring record, and that lack of lasting affection was long before Micky jumped into bed with the Mancs.
So when Owen came to Newcastle we were probably never going to get our money’s worth because even if he had scored a bucketful of goals he still wouldn’t have got it, in terms of building a rapport with the supporters which is so important with star players, especially when they are your goalscorers.
When Michael Owen got so much stick from Newcastle fans I think he was honestly surprised, probably thinking something along the lines of ‘what’s this all about, yes didn’t play many matches and I suppose they did get relegated and then I did leave for nothing but hey, I was injured a lot of the time and when I did play in the handful of games I scored some goals, what’s their problem?’.
Thanks to not really loving football he probably finds it easy to switch on and off from the game and any issues from his career, when he is picking three of our players for his PFA eleven and Newcastle United as his team of the year, I don’t think he is even thinking ‘Oh yes, I played for them didn’t I’.
That is Michael Owen.
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