Owen Still Has To Prove Full Fitness

Last updated : 18 June 2007 By Footy Mad - Editor
The question still hasn't been aswered by Owen - is he staying or is he going - but the reporters I spoke to this morning still insist he is leaving his options open, waiting for his dream club Liverpool to make a move.

It was Shearer who helped United pull off the £17m signing of Owen from Real Madrid two years ago, and the ex-England skipper still believes there are a lot more Newcastle games to come for his old striking partner.

Shearer: "I am sure there are lots of people who want to ask me whether I think Michael Owen will be at Newcastle next season.

"To be honest, I don't think anyone would be prepared to pay £10m or £11m for him until they have seen him play for five or six months.

"So if anyone says to me `will he be here next season' I would have to say yes, I think he will be.

"And I also think him playing up front with Mark Viduka will be a great partnership for United.

"Viduka is great at holding the ball up and we all know how great Michael is at scoring goals.

"So I don't think there will be many better partnerships out there in the Premiership next season than the one at St James' Park."

Arsenal are probably waiting to see if Thierry Henry will still be at the Emirates Stadium next season, and if he makes the move to Barcelona as reported, they must be favourites to place an offer.

The one thing in Newcastle's favour, who else can afford  the £102,000-a-week wages the 27-year-old striker picks up at St James' Park?

Owen has only started 13 games for United and clearly owes the Newcastle fans a lot.