Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United striker believes he can end his career “on a high” with Stoke City.
Michael Owen is hoping he can finish his career “on a high” at Stoke City after the England international completed a move to the Potters last week.
The 32-year-old penned a one-year deal with Stoke after being released by 19-time English champions Manchester United back in May.
Owen had struggled for playing time at the Red Devils in recent seasons, but the former Liverpool forward is confident he can return to goal-scoring form at the Britannia Stadium.
“My past experiences of coming to the Britannia were a real eye-opener – the crowd are really passionate and I don’t care who you are, you always like to play in front of a passionate crowd that love their football,” said Owen.
“So there were loads of things that ticked the boxes and I’m sure I’ve made the right decision.
“It’s a move that I’m excited about and I hope I can stay fit for the majority of my time here.
“I want to perform and I want to finish my career on a real high. I’m still only 32 and I still feel as if I have a lot left in me.
“I’ve always scored goals no matter what team I have been in, so as long as I can stay fit and healthy, then I’m sure I can do that here at Stoke.”
Owen revealed Stoke had been pursuing his signature from as far back as 2009, when he left Newcastle United to join the Red Devils – and also said there were other top-flight clubs keen to complete a deal for him this summer.
“The manager [Pulis] had been interested in me for a while and prior to me going to Manchester United [in 2009] he had made contact and tried to bring me here,” Owen added. “Obviously at the time I went to United.
“There were a couple of Premier League teams that showed interest (this time), but this is a team on the up, I know the manager and a few of the players and it meant I didn’t have to move my family as well.”
SOURCE: THE SPORT REVIEW
Michael Owen’s announcement that he would like to end what was an illustrious career “on a high” at Stoke City smacks of false optimism and a man who should have thrown in the towel, with all due respect to the Potters.
Owen, 31, has seen his career go from the highs of scoring that goal for England as an 18-year old in the 1998 World Cup against Argentina and being awarded the Ballon d’Or in 2001, to more recently the very lows of recurring injury problems and a serious lack of first-team games in the past 5 years.
His recent three-year spell at Manchester United, a club with unrivaled success in the Premier League and with whom he was part of a title winning season in 2010/11, saw him injured regularly and often on the bench and when he did play it was evident he has nothing of the pace anymore which made him one of the best strikers in the world as a youngster.
While the decision to join Stoke City can only be a good one in terms of footballing interests, as a fit Michael Owen should play a far more prominent role for the Potters this season than he was able to do with Man Utd, the claim that an ability to stay fit for most of the season and score some goals would be a “high” is rather sad to hear.
Does the former European Player of the Year really see being able to play most of the season with Stoke City, who have finished 14th, 13th, 11th, and 12th in the past four seasons, a real high-note to end his career on, or would it perhaps have been more appropriate to give up on his unrealistic hopes of trying to get back to the player that he was and see winning the Premier League title with Manchester United, albeit as a squad player, two seasons ago as a real ‘high’ which he should have signed-off on.
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