On a forum I frequent a Manchester United fan was claiming that recent signing, Michael Owen, was not good enough to play for them. It’s true he has only played 69 times in four years at Newcastle and seems to pick up a long-term injury just by scratching his nose but he’s still a proven goalscorer. His 30 goals in those four years still represnts a near one-in-two return.
Not bad, despite the age of that clips collection. I certainly think he’s worth the risk if he’s supported by a successful team and get a run in the side.
Anyway, the fan I mentioned had created a near A-Z list of over sixty top strikers who he considered to be at least equal or better to Owen which I felt was a little harsh. For the record, this was his list:
ALESSANDRO DEL PIERRO
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ROQUE SANTA CRUZ
RUUD VAN NISTELROOY
ROBIN VAN PERSIE
JAN VENNEGOR OF HESSELINK
There’s no way Owen wouldn’t be in the top half of that list. OK, he’s had his injuries but he’s better than Darren Bent for a kick-off and a good 15-20 of those listed are well past 30 so they’re hardly lightning quick either.
Trezeguet is 32 this year and has played only eight times all season in all competitions scoring one goal. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink hasn’t even got a club having been released by Celtic and his record of 10 goals in 34 games last term simply isn’t good enough for either of the big two in Scotland.
Personally I think getting Owen is great deal if the salary reports are anything to go by. Owen is not a replacement for Ronaldo or Tevez but an extra who could turn out to be an inspired acquisition. I hear his basic could be as little as £20k a week but with appearance and goal bonuses that could increase to the £100k he got at Newcastle. On that basis they can’t lose – if he doesn’t play he isn’t going to cost much but he does, he’ll get you goals because now he’ll get decent service.
Easy to say in hindsight but I had an inkling about this deal a few weeks ago as Fergie likes to annoy the Scousers and how better to do it than to take an Anfield legend…even though he was an Evertonian Toffee as a kid.
On that point it really annoyed me the way the Gabriel Heinze was prevented joining Liverpool because some petty grudge between them. I know you have to do the best for your team but forcing someone to leave the country seems ridiculous but I guess players have too much power anyway.
Back to Michael Owen, I think he’ll turn out a great purchase and it wouldn’t surprise me if he ends up being a regular getting 15-20 goals by season’s end. I just hope it isn’t at Liverpool’s expense in terms of silverware.
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