Nine goals in eleven games has made the England international a wanted man but does he owe his employers an another year?
MICHAEL OWEN has been told: You owe it to Newcastle to stay.
The message comes from ex-Toon chief Freddy Shepherd, who bought the England striker from Real Madrid for £15million in 2005.
Owen, 29, has snubbed a new contract offer and is set to bag a free transfer next summer.
Shepherd said: “Let’s hope he stays as morally he owes Newcastle another season at least because of the number of games he’s missed through injury.
“He’s probably played one in three since he joined. That’s not many.
“Anybody can get injured but a bit of commonsense has to come into this and a bit of fair play.
“As he hasn’t made a final decision, I would expect the fans would give him the benefit of the doubt. An extra season would be his way of repaying the fans.” (The Sun)
There is no doubt that Michael Owen has spent far too much of his time at St James’ Park on the treatment table so in many ways he is yet to repay the club for the massive fee they paid Real Madrid to sign him. However there is no doubting that the former Liverpool man is in a rich vein of form at present and at least he has discounted the idea of a move away in January but will he stay beyond that point? Do the Toon Army think he owes the club one more season?