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The Obligatory Annual Michael Owen To Villa Link!

This is a funny one because it seems to return every year.

Yup, the obligatory Michael Owen link.

I forget who said, I think it was in an article comment or forum post (sorry, my memory isn`t up to much!) but they reckon Owen had a visit to Villa last week. Could be total pie in the sky.

However, the 32-year-old is available on a free and has been talking things up recently.

He has tweeted saying he would only move to another Premiership Club and dropping down the divisions isn`t of interest to him.

'If a good opportunity doesn`t come my way then so be it. At this stage of my career it has to be something that I`m going to enjoy doing,'

Another tweet:

'I know I can still bang them in at the top level. I proved that nearly every time I played for Manchester United. At 32, still got a few years in me.'

As Yak at Vital Everton said

"5 Premier League goals for Manchester United in three years might not make the headlines, but overall he has scored 17 goals from 18 starts (he has also made 34 sub appearances)."

Owen has also said on Twitter he is getting closer to finding a new club and "Had a good deal of interest but just need to pick right! Can't wait to get going again.'

So... worth it? When fit, he knows where the goal is, could bring great experience to pass on to the younger strikers, is available on a free and is still only 32.

It would surely have to be a pay as you play type of deal due to the injury situation though?

We asked:

Would you take Owen on pay as you play?
Poll Date: 16 Jul 2012
Suggested By: Villa_de

No, passed sell by date 52%
Yes, few years of goals left 48%

So, fairly close!




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 17 2012

Time: 1:36PM

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Just like with the Carroll and Berbatov rumours, I can't imagine under our new business plan we'll be able to offer the wages. I'd rather we look for the next Owen anyway
MrZeus
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17/07/2012 13:45:00

Wages balance out, some on less, some on more. Berbatov is another quality player available as well as you say Mr Zeus!
The Fear
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17/07/2012 13:54:00

I'd have him, he'd probably have to take a pay-cut though. But I remember before he joined Man Utd he was sending desperate pleas to any half-decent top half club (us) to take him. Out of 4 strikers we only have one goalscorer. (2 prospects, and uh, Gabby). Not going to be good enough at that rate, but seeing as how getting a striker is a bit of a priority, I can't imagine Owen would be the main man, maybe Owen for nothing AND another new striker?
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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17/07/2012 14:00:00

It says a lot about English football that for years Owen and Beckham were regarded as England's undroppable finest. No wonder the national side never won anything. Contrast Owen with Miroslav Klose, two years his senior, and a similar type of player. Klose is still knocking them in for his country and could be at Brasil 2014 (age 36). If Owen comes to Villa then it should be as a pay-as-you-play impact sub on a one year deal.
VillaWillRiseAgain
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17/07/2012 14:11:00

I got slaughterd for suggesting we sign someone like a Forlan when he was abailable on a free some moaning he was too old and crap, themn Owen gets linked and some think he would be great for us lol Im sorry but he is a crock, Berbatov would demand more than 100k to come here plus German teams want him who are in the Champs League Anyway i would prefer Carroll over a crock like Owen sapping up 80/100k a week what a rip off that would be for a few games a season
CLIVETHEVILLAN
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17/07/2012 14:12:00

forgetting all things monetary - for the last 20 mins of a game or as cover for Bent - I think he still has something to offer us
Mat777
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17/07/2012 14:15:00

Owen can't command massive wages anymore. There is a generation of young football fans who are only dimly aware of who he is. He isn't in the national side anymore and he's injury prone. He also is a throwback as a striker. Drogba was the archetypal modern EPL striker. Multi-faceted and multi-functional. Owen has never scored twenty league goals in a season. The 'poacher' is an anachronism in the age of Xavi, Iniesta and Messi. Owen is unlikely to get anything but pay-as-you-play anywhere.
VillaWillRiseAgain
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17/07/2012 14:24:00

Villa Wil Rise....don't think you can compare Owen with Klose, they're so different....Owen's biggest threat was always his pace but after so many injuries, along with age, he's lost it...Klose's strengths were always elsewhere, and he didn't have pace to lose in the first place!
MrZeus
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17/07/2012 15:02:00

Still torn, the question is could he stay fit?
mike_field
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17/07/2012 15:11:00

MZ -- Have to disagree with you there. Klose and Owen are similar in the sense that, like Carroll and Bent, they are somewhat ananchronistic. They are just there just to find the back of the net. Gerd Mueller, for example, couldn't really play 'football' but could score shedloads of goals. Modern strikers -- Drogba for instance -- have to be muti-functional and track back etc. They have to be all-round footballers. Klose is regarded as an old fashioned type of player in Germany. He still makes die nationalmannschaft because he is an unusually prolific scorer. He also still has pace as you might have seen in Euro 2012 when he came on for the rather static Gomez. Owen was pacey in his teens and early twenties but lost his speed a long time ago.
VillaWillRiseAgain
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17/07/2012 15:12:00

Well, we had the link with Robbie Keane for 10 years and to be fair, in the end we did see him in a villa shirt. I don't think its worth it for Owen though, we already have Weimann in the mould of predator on far less money. Owen is really the team finisher, and Darren Bent has that role, another option like Andy Carroll (or of that style) might be more sensible.
thekentvillan
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17/07/2012 15:26:00

Yeah, we just like slating you though to be fair CliveTheVillan! lol Think some were up for Forlan link to be fair!
The Fear
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17/07/2012 15:44:00

Fair point, Owen's similar now, but when we was a top striker in Europe he had far more to his game than just poaching, and that's what his reputation's built on. How about we trigger Ba's release clause instead, especially if Newcastle get Carroll back?!
MrZeus
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17/07/2012 15:44:00

Either a one year deal or a pay as you play would be best I feel.
Pride of Lions
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17/07/2012 16:33:00

Nope ... not after that wembley equaliser, when they should of been down to 10 men and it would more than likely of been Owen that had been sacrificed .... (not that i'm still bitter about it or anything !! ... lol !)
bixit
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17/07/2012 17:03:00

I do feel that I'd like Owen to appear in a Villa shirt to pop in a goal or two when a match isn't going our way, but I don't think he'd be able to stay fit and it'd just be another year wasted on wages.
VillaHippo
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17/07/2012 18:44:00

Too old. Saha or Defoe would be cheaper, more effective options.
soccer15
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17/07/2012 22:58:00

Too many injuries, unfortunately, it's a no from me.
madirish
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17/07/2012 23:16:00

If we are to sign a new forward then why not somebody like Jorden Rhodes ? He has a really good scoring record and we could get him for about 5-6 million. As for Owen I think he is well past his best.
jfr7730
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18/07/2012 08:24:00

Lambert has said it isn't happening.
The Fear
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18/07/2012 10:09:00

Rather have Keane back than Owen if we must have an older striker he managed to find the net even under the last regime!
Merlin128777
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18/07/2012 11:04:00

 

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