Michael Jackson Dies, Owen’s Transfer Cries
Michael Jackson passed away at the age of 50, after he collapsed at the rented house he occupied in Holmby Hills in Los Angeles. According to various reports, it is believed that the King of Pop was in a coma before he expired. Similarly, the career of a certain English football star who shares the same first name appears to be in an unconscious state, as his line of business is almost begging for a CPR and even perhaps the usage of paddles, to revive a career that is swiftly slipping out of his hands.
Michael Owen was touted to be the greatest striker that England had produced and his time at Liverpool as a youth, and the rise in ranks to become a Kop legend is a testament to the ability that the player possesses.
However, the 29-year old and his glory days in the Premier League as well as the national team remain something of a tale of what could have been. From the time he left Merseyside, the striker has seldom been away from problems on the pitch. He was frequently used as a substitute at Real Madrid, and then went on to suffer a host of injuries during his time with Newcastle United.
However, as the Toon ship was sunk into the depths of the Championship following a miserable season, the player decided that he would leave the club on a free transfer. This would mean that he is free to talk to clubs from the beginning of July.
Due to the steady decline in the career of one of the most talented players to have graced the green, the fourth-highest goal scorer for England has not been linked with a move to a big club. The player’s management company, Wasserman Media Group, even went as far as creating a brochure and sending it to a few clubs including Aston Villa, West Ham United, as well as Portsmouth.
Presently, the bigger clubs appear to be put off by his astronomical wage demands, and have reportedly turned a blind eye towards a striker who is considered as a thing of the past. But Stoke as well as Hull City have shown an interest in signing the England international. The Tigers’ manager Phil Brown has even gone as far as saying that his interest in signing the soon to be former Newcastle United player is not a whim, but a serious one.
As the club would not be forking out a few million pounds to buy the player, they may consider offering him a wage based on his performances, as his experience would be an invaluable asset as the season progresses. But for now, Owen is still under contract at Tyneside, and talks will begin only after the turn of the month.
This could be the ideal move for the prolific goal scorer, since his performances with one of the ‘weaker’ clubs could be the catalyst that is needed to revitalize his career and win over Fabio Capello, and hope for a chance to play a part in the English conquest during the World Cup next year.