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.

Gibson is the hero for Everton and Moyes

So Everton somewhat unexpectedly made one of the biggest transfers on deadline day with the signing of Nikica Jelavic but another of their earlier January signings really put a smile on their faces. Darron Gibson scored the only goal of the game with a thunderous strike which took a slight deflection off Gareth Barry against Manchester City.

Gibson has probably now helped Manchester United more as an Everton player this season than he did as an actual United player. Everton deserve a lot of praise for their performance but yet again Manchester City have failed to perform when the pressure was really on. However, we should take nothing away from Everton because their defending was outstanding and the work rate throughout the who team was admirable. Also, the crowd played their part and must have surely inspired the players to keep running and keep pressurising the City players.

As a team they were brilliant because every man did the job they were asked and the two centre backs deserve the most praise as they do not play their every week. John Heitinga can play centre back and has done on a number of occasions but David Moyes has mostly employed him in a holding midfield role and he thoroughly deserved man of the match because he battled with Edin Dzeko in the air and came out on top in most cases and he had another pace about him to deal with Sergio Aguero as well as watching runners come from the midfield. He seemed to be the talker at the back and kept his partner Tony Hibbert in check. Hibbert, himself could also easily have won man of the match simply because he did not put a foot wrong in a position he has hardly played. He is usually a right back and obviously that means he does not have to deal with as many long balls and does not have to make as many headers but he looked comfortable all night and was very rarely caught out of position and you have to give credit to the manager to play these two out of position. It is a key area and if you make mistakes in there it is going to cost your team.

Every single player put everything into this performance and I think Denis Stracqualarsi deserves a mention as he battled away up front and never gave up on anything. The Argentine ran himself into the ground for the team and had nothing left to give. Mancini must wish a certain Argentine on his playing staff would do this for him instead of battling against the club for wages he does not deserve.

But, this result once again proves that David Moyes is one of the best managers in the Premier League and it is remarkable how he does it year after year with a very small budget. He knows he has to sell to bring in a player and most of the time he gets it right. If he can get Jelavic scoring goals, Everton will be challenging for a European place yet again because he has them well drilled and everyone knows their job. Everton seems like a good place to because the fans are fantastic and the manager is up there with the best and in my opinion should take over from Sir Alex Ferguson when he decides to retire.