Former Newcastle United striker Michael Owen has further endeared himself to the Toon Army by predicting that the Magpies will finish a lowly 16th in the 2013/14 Premier League season.
The less said about Michael Owen’s time at Newcastle the better, but the former England striker is still Newcastle’s record signing, cost a bomb in wages and made no impact in trying to keep the Magpies in the Premier League.
Now, in his role as football analyst for BT Sport, the former Newcastle number 10 has predicted that his old club will finish 16th this season, the same position as they finished last season, which was an absolute disaster.
This is what he had to say: “Heading into proceedings the Newcastle fans are perturbed about the return of Joe Kinnear. Much depends on the start Newcastle have. If a few results go against them I can envisage Kinnear and his staff taking the blame,” which could well happen.
Owen continued: “Papiss Cisse’s eight goals and Newcastle’s measly two away wins last season are worrying statistics for the Magpies,” which is fair enough, but Loic Remy has been brought in and there’s still two weeks left of the transfer window to sign another striker.
So, Owen isn’t exactly confident about Newcastle’s chances this season, but then he said that Sunderland will finish 12th, so I wouldn’t worry too much about his predictions being correct.
At least it should give Alan Pardew plenty of firepower to motivate his players ahead of the season that lies ahead – prove the experts (used in the very loosest of terms) wrong!