England Premier League — 08 August 2012

Former-Manchester United and England striker Michael Owen is again being linked with a move to Premier League Stoke City.

The 32 year-old striker is a free agent after his contract at Old Trafford expired.


Owen’s former-England teammate Peter Crouch has urged the striker to join him at the Britannia Stadium.

He told the Sun: “I know Michael has a big decision to make after leaving a club the size of Manchester United – but I had a similar decision to make last summer.

“At Tottenham we were challenging for a Champions League place every season. We’re not doing that at Stoke but we are building something worthwhile here.”


Should an offer from Stoke come along then I believe Owen should accept it, as it doesn’t look like top flight clubs are queuing up for the strikers signature at the moment. Owen has also stated he won’t drop down the divisions.

That means that he will have to consider any offer from a top flight club. Stoke are a good solid midtable Premier League club and could offer him regular first team football. Doesn’t sound like a bad move to me.


Injuries and competition for places at United had Michael Owen sidelined for most of his career at Old Trafford. When he did get his chance in the first team though he did manage to score goals for the Red Devils.

However, competing against the likes of Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov he was always going to find it hard to gain a regular place in the United strike force.


I believe a move to Stoke would be ideal for Michael Owen. The striker will get more playing time, he will be close to his family home in Cheshire and also his horse racing stables. I don’t think Owen will be getting any better offers anytime soon.

Would a move to Stoke be a good one for Michael Owen?


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