Who will Michael Owen sign for?

Michael Owen has left Manchester United and will be looking for a new club this summer with many teams surely interested in his services.

Michael Owen wore the famous number 7 shirt at Manchester United

After bursting on the scene with Liverpool, he has been considered one of England’s greatest strikers with his fantastic movement and unrivalled finishing ability. Since leaving Liverpool he has had an indifferent career with his move to Real Madrid ending after only one season for one reason or another. He was still quite a consistent goal scorer in Spain with 13 goals in 36 league games which was quite impressive especially considering a lot of these appearances were from the bench. He left the Spanish giants for Newcastle United and his time there has been criticised a lot by the Geordie faithful as he seemed more interested in picking up his wages than actually helping the club. His commitment was often questioned and as soon as the club were relegated he was leaving and there was no chance of him sticking around. However, he did get 30 goals in 79 appearances which convinced Alex Ferguson to sign him up for three seasons. At Old Trafford, he was largely an unused substitute but he still contributed in particular the winning goal against Manchester City in the sixth minute of injury time.

He does not want to retire so he needs a new club but will anyone in the Premier League take him on or will he need to go back abroad? Stoke City are currently the favourites to sign him and that would be quite a signing for the team and would surely give the squad a much needed a lift after a disappointing end to the season. He would provide that little bit of extra quality that Stoke need to lift them into the European places and possibly a good cup run. Owen would simply just give them a different option as they wouldn’t be able to pump it straight up to him. In my opinion he would work  well alongside Peter Crouch with his movement and Crouch’s ability to win the ball in the air. He would definitely benefit from Matthew Etherington’s crosses and would score a lot of headers for the team.

His boyhood club Everton are also linked with him and that would be a really good move for both him and the club. He could start up a very good combination with Nikica Jelavic and they would grab a lot of goals between them. David Moyes would love two strikers that can score consistently which he hasn’t always had during his time at Everton. Owen, I think would enjoy playing for Everton because of their quality in the midfield with players like Darron Gibson, Marouane Fellaini and Leon Osman able to play killer through balls. The only problem is his wages, would he be prepared to drop them or would Everton have to break their wage structure to sign him?

However, it wouldn’t surprise me if he just went to the MLS and picked up a huge way packet every week. If he does go to America then it is basically because he knows he doesn’t have the quality to perform in the Premier League anymore or just simply he doesn’t want as much pressure on him. He is also 12/1 in some bookmakers to retire before the start of the season which also wouldn’t surprise me as at times he does seem more interested in his horses and will just concentrate on that.

It would be a sad end for a player that scored 40 international goals for England so I personally hope he does get another club in England even if it is just in the Championship just so he can prove to everyone once again that he needs to be feared. At the minute there are a lot of jokes about his injuries and the amount of time he spends on the bench but if he gets a chance in the box, nine times out of ten he will score.

4 thoughts on “Who will Michael Owen sign for?

  1. All good points about his ability and how he would fit at Stoke and Everton, but surely given his injury record and lack of games in the last three seasons, any Premier Legaue club willing to have him would not be able to match his wage demands so perhaps he will only be offered a pay as you play contract.

    • Yeah that is a fair comment and it would work out well for both player and club, it would just depend on whether Owen would accept that sort of offer or will he feel he deserves better?

  2. To me his downfall was all his own undoing. He choose to opt for the money over football when he made his move to Real Madrid. He didn’t do himself any favours by making it clear that he was going to run his contract out at Liverpool and that led to him being sold for a mere 8 million. With his high wage demands, and injury history he was always going to struggle to find a team, and in my opinion was somewhat fortunate to find himself at Man Utd even if on a pay as you play contract.

    If he wants to stay and play football at a decent level he’s going to have to choose football over money, and maybe play for Everton or even possibly another mid table side. I can’t see him fitting into the Stoke style of football.

    I have a feeling though that he’ll struggle for a big money move, as those teams will know all about his past history with injuries. The players that are going to Russian, China, USA are all past heroes of their clubs, but past heroes that don’t have a big history of injuries. If you’re going to spend all that money, you’re going to want somebody that can play most games.

    • Well he could have been the greatest England striker ever but he obviously wanted to make money rather than be a hero so he made terrible career choices but I’m sure if he lowers his wage demands most teams in England would want him

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