The future of ex-Manchester United striker Michael Owen remains uncertain, with a deal yet to be agreed with any club in the Premier League despite reported interest.
Recent speculation suggested that Everton could be an option for the 32-year-old, who supported the Toffees as a boy but went on to become an Anfield idol during a successful start to his career at Liverpool.
Owen was quick to play the reports down, however, and suggested on Twitter that talk of a move to Goodison Park were ‘just rumours’.
The former Real Madrid forward has consistently proved his ability in-front of goal, however, and was prolific at Old Trafford when given the chance and fully fit.
David Moyes took his striker search elsewhere, landing Kevin Mirallas from Olympiakos in a £5.3 million deal. The Belgian claims to have turned down Arsenal before opting for Merseyside though, thus shutting the door on a possible Owen move.
So who else could accommodate the fourth-highest goalscorer in England history? Stoke City seemed like a possible fit, but Tony Pulis hasn’t pursued the player further since initial interest at the start of the summer.
A couple of key factors are understandably working against Owen – his high wages and his injury track record. The later should not be a problem, according to the player himself at least.
“I know that once I get on a good run of games, I will become immune (to injuries),” said the player on Sunday.
The big question is, will anyone give him a go? There is little doubt about his potency in-front of goal, looking back at 158 goals in 297 games for Liverpool, or more recently at the winner against Manchester City in a 4-3 classic or a Champions League hat-trick against Wolfsburg.
Both moments prompted calls for a return to the Three Lions national team, which proves two things. One, the country lacks top-quality strikers, and two, few players are held in such high regard by his fellow countryman.
Owen’s ability to deliver on the big stage (26 goals in competitive games) endeared him to English fans, and could endear him to another Premier League club if someone is willing to take a gamble on the lethal predator.
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